2010 | 36 | 2 | 54-69
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Postawy pro-merytokratyczne a postulaty redukcji nierówności dochodów: polska na tle innych krajów (2002-2008)

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For Reducing Income Inequality: Poland vs. Other Countries, 2002-2008
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Theoretical arguments and empirical results presented in the article are aimed at triggering a discussion on socially accepted rules of the division of goods. The model of education meritocracy, based on the assumption that, in the hordes entering the job market, the relation between the level of education and awards for playing professional roles (expressed through wages and prestige) is as close as allowed by distributions of analyzed variables. Do the Poles support such a kind of meritocracy? Do they think that the level of wages should be strongly dependent on the level of education, the scope of responsibies and the quality of work instead of needs related to family (including children) support? What determines pro-meritocratic attitudes? The author attempts to answer these questions in the context of inter-state comparisons. It is important whether (and to what extent) Poland differs from other countries, especially Western and post-communist states, as far as pro-meritocratic and egalitarian attitudes as well as their determinants are concerned. In conclusion, implications for the analytical trend in political philosophy are presented.
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