In 2019, the team members of the Ignatian Social Forum decided to continue the work that was initiated by the publication of the Social Dictionary in 2004. Scientists from both Polish and foreign academic centres contributed to this publication, which contained over one hundred extended essays that discussed the findings of recent humanities and social science research. This new project is more extensive than the original Social Dictionary. The aim of the project is to present the state of knowledge from within various fields of humanities and social sciences as they are at the beginning the third decade of the 21st century. They plan to show man, who is developing within diverse civilizations, cultures and societies, who adheres to many religions, and who honours diverse patterns of behaviour and products that condition his behaviour. However, rather than divide the humanities and social sciences according to the fields and disciplines listed by various international or national (departmental) institutions, we will di vide them according to research areas that have been investigated by “officially acknowledged” scientific disciplines, with the use of a range of methods that yield a more comprehensive, interdisciplinary view.
(Foreword: Wit Pasierbek and Bogdan Szlachta, series editors)
Public policy research is finding its place within Polish scientific discourse with some difficulty. The approach that focuses on ways of solving collective (public) problems while researching politics is still not part of the standard research toolkit of Polish social scientists.
Public Policies dictionary enters the discussion on public policy at a time when a large group of Polish researchers are applying this approach, but there is still no consensus on whether one can talk of the public policy sciences as a discipline. The dictionary tries not to get into this dispute, so it is not a summary of the state of public policy research but an invitation to discuss it with specific reference to Poland. It draws a map of the most important concepts and issues in public policy research but does not claim to present a corpus of knowledge on this discipline. Each article combines a presentation of the state of research with a Polish perspective, as it seems that tools that have been primarily developed on the basis of Anglo-Saxon science require verification in the radically different social contexts of countries such as Poland.
(Introduction: Artur Wołek, volume editor)
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