Perceptions of Creative Professionals Regarding the Existing and the Desired Social Security System in Latvia

By Sandra Brigsa and Anda Lake.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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Political decisions during the economic crisis in Latvia increased the risk of poverty for groups with irregular income, including creative professionals. At the same time, a development of creative industries was promoted as a political priority. The contradiction between support at the political level and the increased risk for creative professionals resulted in an upsurge of unemployed intellectuals, thereby raising the discussion as to whether creative professionals should be regarded as an atypical labor group in need of special social protection status. Research interest has been generated regarding the most appropriate choice of social policy instruments for this particular group. The aim of the study is to clarify a resilience and risk perception of creative professionals in the aftermath of the economic crisis. The study uses mixed data collection methods: interviews and questionnaires. The results show pronounced inhomogeneity in the views regarding the desired solutions of social protection policy. The study concludes that financial problems and risk management play a minor role in the life perception of creative professionals. State support policy should be aimed to strengthen the responsibility of the creative professionals for its own social security. Such a policy is questionable because there are a number of other self-employed groups that would need the same level of attention from the government.

Keywords: Creative Professionals, Insecurity, Importance of Art, Social Risks

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.19-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 337.995KB)).

Sandra Brigsa

Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia

Anda Lake

Associate Professor, Division of Cultural Sociology and Management, Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga, Latvia