FOR Communication 27/2019: 10 most frequently asked questions about the sense of the deglomeration of offices in Poland
Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin and Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz are proposing a "deglomeration", meaning the transfer of central offices from Warsaw and provincial offices from provincial capitals to smaller towns. Such a policy would be a mistake, as we have shown by answering the following questions.
- Is a polycentric network of towns with many small and medium-sized towns without dominant large towns beneficial?
- Is the growth of large cities and the depopulation of the peripheries only happening in Poland?
- How much is Poland an urbanised country?
- Does Warsaw “suck out” the population from the rest of Poland?
- Will deglomeration strengthen local governments?
- Will the location of offices in smaller towns stop the process of their depopulation for the benefit of big cities?
- Will moving offices from Warsaw and provincial capitals to smaller towns bring savings?
- Does the information revolution make the location of offices no longer important?
- Is the transfer of central offices to smaller towns a problem only for Warsaw?
- How should Poland cope with the depopulation of smaller towns and cities?
Rafał Trzeciakowski, economist
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