Conclusion: Prospects for the Middle-Class Society in Poland
Whenever a government seeks to rely on a previously observed statistical regularity for control purposes, that regularity will collapse.
Charles Goodhart (economist and statistician)
A dozen years ago, the development of the middle class would daily make headlines of newspapers in Poland. With the middle class becoming a highly charged political issue, the government would be called to account on policies for its progress. As for grassroots initiatives, the renewal of the middle class was promoted by a citizen group associated with the now non-existent weekly Cash. The group’s spontaneous activity reached its apogee in 1995 with the foundation of the Polish Middle Class Registration Committee (Komisja Rejestracyjna Polska Klasa Średnia), which issued membership certificates to candidates who met the following criteria: had at least secondary education, owned a car and earned at least PLN 1,500 monthly (a relatively small sum at the time). The enthusiastic activists magically believed that creation of social structures was a viable project and saw it as a crucial development in progress. Although the novice enthusiasm has waned and other problems are talk of the day now, the middle class is not doomed to sink into obscurity of archival scrolls. In May 2001, the election banners of the Freedom Union (Unia Wolności) read “A strong middle class means strong Poland.” That veritably pioneering ferment brought “the middle class” to the centre of the political stage, symbolically at least, and kindled hopes for the middle class to evolve...
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