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Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich CountriesThirty Countries' Experiences$
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Brian Nolan, Wiemer Salverda, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth, and Herman G. van de Werfhorst

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687428

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687428.001.0001

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The Rise of Inequalities in Poland and Their Impacts

The Rise of Inequalities in Poland and Their Impacts

When Politicians Don’t Care but Citizens Do

(p.488) Chapter 21 The Rise of Inequalities in Poland and Their Impacts
Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries

Natalia Letki

Michał Brzeziński

Barbara Jancewicz

Oxford University Press

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s Poland experienced a gradual yet steady growth of income and wealth inequalities. Although economic transformation has brought a number of positive outcomes, such as the growth of living standards and the decline of poverty, Poles have been aware of the growing social and economic inequality and disapproved of it, expecting the government to implement policies to counteract it. However, inequalities have not been high on the political agenda; a number of policies introduced in the 1990s and 2000s even had a regressive effect. As a result, growth of inequalities is among the factors undermining the political legitimacy of the new Polish democracy.

Keywords:   income inequality, living standards, wealth, Poland, social impacts, poverty, political legitimacy

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