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The Origins of the Welfare State

Polish Social Policy in the Period 1918–1939

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Paweł Grata

The book focuses on the Polish social policy, its contextual (historical, organisational, conceptual, financial) conditionings, the institutions it fitted in, and primarily on the practical activities, undertaken by the state and other entities with regard to its individual domains. The time span covered by the analysis is the period of 1918–1939. The scope of the research is based on the ways the social policy in the interwar period was conceptualised. It covers labour and employment issues (labour legislation, combatting unemployment, migration policy), social insurance (retirement pension, work injury, sickness insurance), social welfare (support for the poor, welfare for mothers, children, adults and the disabled, problems of social pathologies) and health care system.

Paweł Grata is Professor in the University of Rzeszow and Head of the Section of Economic and Social History. He is also Chairman of the Polish Association of Economic History. His scientific interests include economic history, social history, social policy, economic policy and regional history.