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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.

  1. Is a polycentric network of towns with many small and medium-sized towns without dominant large towns beneficial?
  2. Is the growth of large cities and the depopulation of the peripheries only happening in Poland?
  3. How much is Poland an urbanised country?
  4. Does Warsaw “suck out” the population from the rest of Poland?
  5. Will deglomeration strengthen local governments?
  6. Will the location of offices in smaller towns stop the process of their depopulation for the benefit of big cities?
  7. Will moving offices from Warsaw and provincial capitals to smaller towns bring savings?
  8. Does the information revolution make the location of offices no longer important?
  9. Is the transfer of central offices to smaller towns a problem only for Warsaw?
  10. How should Poland cope with the depopulation of smaller towns and cities?


Rafał Trzeciakowski, economist
​rafał[email protected]

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