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2 (20) 2013

Demography and social economy, 2013, 2(20):20-27
doi: https://doi.org/10.15407/dse2013.02.020

PhD (Economics), Senior Researcher M.V. Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies, NAS of Ukraine

Section: Achieving the millennium development goals.
Language: English
Abstract: The article is devoted to defining the tasks and principles of efficient social policy in present social transformations. The problem of the tradeoff between social and economic priorities is grounded, while the need in searching for a compromise between various goals of social development is discussed. Basic contradictions, faced by decision- makers when formulating social policies, are outlined, as well as approaches to determination of vulnerable population groups. The authors understanding of social progress is proposed to unify different visions of social policy models. Base principles, which should be used for implementation of and responsible social policies, are developed. The need in evaluation of social policy results is grounded with a particular emphasis on applica- tion expansion of subjective estimations based on indirect indicators and sociological surveys. The need in consideration of public opinion is discussed with regard not only to the results of social programs, but also to goal-setting in the field of social policy.
Key words: social policy, social progress, social indicators, social justice, economic efficiency.
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