ON SOCIOLOGY OF POLITICS AND ECONOMY
Michał Federowicz, Associate Professor, Head
Barbara Gąciarz, Assistant Professor
Andrzej Rychard, Professor
Michał Sitek, MA
Anna Lewicka-Strzałecka, Professor
Artur Pokropek, Assistant Professor
Marta Olcoń-Kubicka, Assistant Professor
The strategic objective of the Group is to provide a synthetic picture of the institutional order in Poland, with particular emphasis on political and economic dimensions. Although not dominated by a single theoretical paradigm, it tends to accept new institutionalism as a significant dimension of the contemporary debate in sociology, political science and economics. While avoiding the limitations of “over-rationalised” models, this approach better fits for the explanation of the diversity of the systemic changes that are gradually occurring in the most of the European countries as well as world-wide. The underlying assumption of the Group’s research is the comparative perspective, aiming at the in-depth analysis of the Polish transformation in comparison with other courtiers of the region, European continent and the world. This work is combined with the methodological thinking on the accuracy of the international comparisons. The second methodological premise is the initiation of dialogue with the representative of other disciplines, economists and political scientists in particular. New institutionalism offers a good theoretical common ground for this dialogue.
The data of research carried out by IFiS PAN in the areas of sociology of politics, economy and organisation collected over years form the empirical basis for the Group’s studies. The members of the Group work on the following issues: the changes of the institutional system in the economy of the contemporary capitalism; systemic transformation in Poland at the background of the diversity of systemic models in the economically advanced countries (M.Federowicz, W.Pańków); the institutional conditions of democracy and local processes, the main research question being how the universal democratic principles are modified by local political, economic and social context (A.Rychard); the processes of regional and local self-government institutionalization with the emphasis on the race for power among the self-government subjects as well as its conceptual pro-development activities (B.Gąciarz, W.Pańków). The research on the decision making processes in the selected spheres of social life such as the healthcare system (M.Sitek), or education (M.Federowicz, A.Romaniuk, A.Rychard) constitute an important part of the Group’s activities is. The analysis carried out in these areas link the theoretical discourse referring to the concept of institutional change to the practical issues of the reform policy. Major publications of the Group’s members include: M.Federowicz, “Anticipated Institutions: The Power of Path-Finding Expectations” in: M.Dobry (ed.), Democratic and Capitalist Transitions in Eastern Europe: Lessons for the Social Sciences, (Kluwer 2000); A.Giza-Poleszczuk, M.Marody, A.Rychard, Strategie i system. Polacy w obliczu zmiany społecznej (Strategies and System. Poles Facing the Social Change) (Warsaw 2000); B. Gąciarz, W. Pańków, Dialog społeczny po polsku – fikcja czy szansa? (Social Dialogue Polish Style – Fiction or Opportunity?) (Warsaw 2001); E. Mokrzycki, A. Rychard, A. Zybertowicz (eds.), Utracona dynamika: O niedojrzałości polskiej demokracji (Lost Dynamics: On the Immaturity of Polish Democracy) (Warsaw 2002); B. Gąciarz, Instytucjonalizacja samorządności. Aktorzy i efekty (The Instituionalization of Self-governance. Actors and Effects) (Warsaw 2004); M. Federowicz, R.Agilera, Corporate Governance: Trajectories of Institutional Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); M.Federowicz, Różnorodność kapitalizmu. Instytucjonalizm i doświadczenie przemian ustrojowych w Polsce po komunizmie (The Diversity of Capitalism. Institutionalism and the Experience of Systemic Transformation in Poland) (Warsaw 2004).
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