Social Economy education in Poland

01.05.2014 Blog

Problems of Social Economy and Social Innovation become more and more particular in Poland. As a kind of response to demand for knowledge of that matter School of Public Administration at the University of Economics in Krakow has published five volumes of textbooks. Some general information is presented in the first volume entitled The Social Economy and Development. In that volume Jerzy Hausner is writing on  ‘Social Economy as a category of development’. This chapter is followed by ‘Elements of the theory of the state’.  In that chapter  Hubert Izdebski is describing such problems as: the definition of the state, functions and responsibilities of public authorities, subsidiarity principle, the category of interest, classification of public functions, human and material resources, government organization, horizontal and vertical separations of powers, basic issues relating to the operation of public authorities, public governance and citizens' right to good governance. The other chapters are focused on ‘Civil society: the context and the levels of functioning”  (by Grazyna Skąpska), ‘The future of the welfare state’ (by Jerzy Hausner, Dorothy Kwiecińska , and Agnieszka Pacut), Economic theory - selected problems (in that chapter Bogumila Szopa is dealing with such problems as pentagon of macroeconomic objectives, currents problems in economic analysis, relationships between unemployment and inflation, fiscal actions of the State and fiscal policy in Poland), 'Local Development' (by Tadeusz Kudłacz), 'The economization of non-governmental organizations' (by Jan Jakub Wygnanski) and 'Corporate Social Responsibility - Theory and Practice' (by Boleslaw Rok).

The second volume  deals with the problems of Managing of social economy entities. In the first chapter Jerzy Hausner, Norbert Laurisz , and Stanislaw Mazur are writing on conceptualization of Social Enterprise. This is followed by Marek Ćwiklicki’s ‘Strategic Management in organizations of social economy’. In the third chapter Adam Nalepka  describes ‘Management principles in the functioning of social economy’.  The other chapters deal with 'Personnel management in the social economy sector organizations’ (by Urban Pauli, Aleksy Pocztowski), ‘Negotiations – Introduction’ (Romana Paszkowska), ‘Fundamentals of Public Relations in social organizations’ (Anna Giza- Poleszczuk), ‘Management of social projects’ (Hubert Guz), and ‘Evaluation of social intervention’ (by Jolanta Perek-Bialas, and Barbara Worek).

The third textbook is on Funding and legal environment of social economy entities. It contains following chapters: 'Public Finances and Social Economy' (by Maria Kosek-Wojnar and Krzysztof Surówka) , ‘Public subsidies in the social economy sector’ (Ambrozy Mituś), ‘Basic principles for financing of the social economy’ (Anna Królikowska), ‘Financial Management in the social economy entities’ (Teresa Zagrodzka), ‘Civil law and the activities of social economy, Business Law - the legal aspects of the establishment and operation of social economy entities’ (by Radosław Skiba), and ‘Labour Law: Selected issues relevant to the social economy sector entities and the people they employ’ (by Marek Benio).

Two other volumes are considered as complementary ones to the first three textbooks. Their titles are Social enterprises in Poland. Theory and Practice (chapters on ‘Critical factors of social enterprises ‘, ‘Social enterprises: good practices’, ‘Initial assumptions to the Act on Social Enterprise’), and Supporting of the social economy (containing chapters on: ‘Place of social enterprises in regional development strategies’, ‘Social Entrepreneurship in the processes of local and regional development’,  ‘Social entrepreneurship support programme  within the City of Cracow’, ‘Public and public-private financing of social enterprises, community projects and employment from the Structural Funds’, ‘Social audit as a method of assessing social enterprises - to other ways of determining social added value’, ‘Practical aspects of evaluation of social economy enterprises’, ‘Malopolska Pact on Social Economy – assumptions).

The purpose of this five volume publication is primarily to promote knowledge of the social economy through in-depth analysis of the various aspects and issues related to its functioning. In this publication reader will find a wide cross-section of management theory, seen from the point of view of social economy entities.
The first three scripts were created as part of the programme "In Search of the Polish model of social economy ", and the other two volumes was a part of the project "The Krakow Initiative for Social Economy COGITO", financed by the ESF under the Community Initiative Programme EQAL.