The Institute for Social Policy at the University of Warsaw is one of Poland’s oldest academic centres offering teaching programmes and research. It has some 600 students, over 40 academic staff and more than 30 years of experience in academic training, research and publications related to theory of social policy, labour market policies, family policy, migration and migration policy, local social policy, social welfare, the third sector programmes. The Institute’s research also include the field of international, European and comparative aspects of social welfare, social security systems, labour policy and social economy and social enterprise sector.
The Centre for Civil Society Development is a research unit within the Institute. Its teaching and research activities concentrate on the reforms of European social policies, the challenges of the welfare mix and the functions of the third sector and social economy in social welfare delivery and the process of public governance.
Role in Third Sector Impact
- Main responsibility: Conceptualization of the third sector in CEE countries, external and internal barriers to third sector development.
- Additional responsibility: Advancing the measurement of the third sector; conceptual integration of findings and final report; stakeholder engagement and dissemination of results.
- Leś, Ewa (1994) The Voluntary Sector in Post-Communist East Central Europe. Washington, D.C.: CIVICUS
The CIVICUS regional report portrays emerging civil society organizations in Central and Eastern Europe right after the overthrow of the communist regimes. The publication includes the sector’s profile, its field of activities and its interplay with private and public institutions, as well as the sector’s linkages with international organizations and future perspectives.
- Leś, Ewa (2000) From Philanthropy to Subsidiarity. Non-profit Organizations in Comparative Perspective. Warsaw: Publishing House Elipsa
From Philanthropy to Subsidiarity brings together a historical overview of the third sector in Europe and the US and review changes over the past three decades in the relationship between the third sector organizations and the public sector in contemporary social policy. The book offers an in-depth analysis of the doctrine of subsidiarity and its implementation in current social systems of the countries under study.
- Leś, Ewa (co-editor) (2008), Dimensions of Social Economy. Warsaw: Warsaw University Press.
This publication is a collection of articles on contemporary social economy in Poland, which brings together the findings of the DP EQUAL “We Have Jobs” Project. The book reports the results of socio-economic surveys on the Polish third sector and social enterprises resources and productivity and an assessment of policies towards strengthening the sector’s training system, financial base and explores the policies for social economy organizations in France and Italy. The book includes a lively and inspiring debate with the outstanding Polish artists on contemporary social issues, such as poverty, social and political exclusion.
- Leś, Ewa (2013) Non-Profit Organizations in a New Social Policy. Poland in the European context. Warsaw: Publishing House ASPRA
The book argues that a new social policy model based on social investments and participatory democracy has major implications for the third sector and needs a closer connection between public social policy and civil society organizations. The publication presents the government initiatives and policies that have been introduced over the past 20 years in Poland, the UK, France, Italy and Sweden and examines how they have changed the position of the non profit sector in a European social policy.
ProjectsJohns Hopkins University Comparative Non-Profit Sector (1997-2001) The project findings have revealed that, despite the remarkable upsurge of the non-profit sector in Poland after 1989, it has represented a significant but small presence in the economic system. The data indicated that a large share of the Polish non-profit workforce was engaged in expressive organizations as opposed to service activities - a result of the communist legacy and ambiguous policy initiatives towards the civil society organizations after 1989. Role: Polish coordinator (1997-2001) http://ccss.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/Poland_CNP_WP36_2000.pdf EQUAL "We Have Jobs" (2005-2008) Project on strengthening social economy in Poland. The project aimed to build and implement a support system for the Polish social economy sector. The DP has conducted quantitative and qualitative studies of non-profit organizations and cooperatives’ socio-economic potential and introduced new post-graduate training programmes for social economy leaders and staff at the University of Warsaw and regional training workshops. Role: Coordinator Development Partnership http://www.wikipreneurship.eu/index.php5?title=Tu_Jest_Praca
- Leś, E., Nałęcz, S., Wygnański, J.(2000), Defining the Nonprofit Sector: Poland. Working Papers of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, no. 36. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, co-authors:
- Leś, E., Nałęcz, S., Toepler, S., Sokolowski, W., Salamon, L. (2004) Poland. In: Global Civil Society Volume Two. Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector. Bloomfield: Kumarian Press
- Nałęcz, S., Bartkowski, J.,(2006) Social and Economic Potentials of the Civil Society Organizations in CEE after 1989. In: Eliason, S. (ed.) Building Civil Society and Democracy East of Elbe.
- Nałęcz (ed.)(2009) Social economy in Poland. Results of the research carried out between 2005 and 2007. (Gospodarka społeczna w Polsce. Wyniki badań 2005-2007). Instytut Studiów Politycznych PAN (Institute of Political Studies at Polish Academy of Sciences), Warszawa.
- Nałęcz, S., Goś-Wójcicka, K, (red.)(2013) Volunteering through organizations and other types of umpaid work outside own household (Wolontariat i inne formy pracy niezarobkowej poza gospodarstwem domowym - 2011). Główny Urząd Statystyczny (Central Statistical Office), Warszawa.
ProjectsEQUAL "We have jobs" Research project on the social economy in Poland which resulted in the first book providing comprehensive data on the Polish social economy and its subsectors (Nałęcz, S. (ed.) Gospodarka społeczna w Polsce. Wyniki badań 2005-2007, ISP PAN, Warszawa). Role: Project Leader
- Pieliński, B. (2013). Institutionalisms in social policy research (Instytucjonalizmy a polityka społeczna). Problemy Polityki Społecznej. Studia i Dyskusje, 22 (3), 25-43
- Pieliński, B. (2012). On the limits of the self-fixing society. Social economy and social exclusion (O granicach samonaprawiającego się społeczeństwa. Ekonomia społeczna a wykluczenie społeczne). In: K. Wódz, K. Faliszek, A. Karwacki, M. Rymsza (Eds.) New priorities and tendencies in social policy - occupational activation and integration (Nowe priorytety i tendencje w polityce społecznej – wokół integracji i aktywizacji zawodowej) (pp. 121-142), Toruń: Wydawnictwo Edukacyjne Akapit.
- Pieliński, B. (2011). The role of a leader in development of the social economy (Rola lidera w rozwoju gospodarki społecznej). In: K. Piątek, K. Szymańska-Zybertowicz, The professional social work. The new paradigm or an unfinished task? (Profesjonalna praca socjalna. Nowy paradygmat czy niedokończone zadanie?) (pp. 185-196). Toruń: Wydawnictwo Edukacyjne Akapit.
- Pieliński, B. (2010). On the inevitability of convergence. The history of the transformation of the social policy models in East Asia. Kultura i Edukacja, 79 (5) 2010, 167-189.