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Role of territorial cohesion in pursuing development policies in Europe and in Poland

Profesor Jacek Szlachta, Jacek Zaucha

The paper presents the results of the desk-based review of policy attempts to territorialise the Polish development Policy. Firstly an international context is analysed, then Polish development Policy is examined and the different ways of making it more territorially sensitive are presented. As the result of those analysis the following factors of successful territorialisation of development policy in Poland have been identified:

 The polycentric structure of the settlement network and of Polish economy.

 Openness to the external environment

 Polish membership in the European Union.

 The wise application of European cohesion policy.

 The doctrine of development policy based on decentralization and planning.

 The depth of the reform of the territorial system and its empowerment.

Finally some arguments are presented why territorialisation of Polish development policy has increased its effectiveness and contributed to the success of Polish development.

The paper is based on the constant research of the Institute, but the update of the results was possible thanks to the project financed by the Polish National Science Centre “Concept of the territorial cohesion in cohesion policy. Implications for Economic Growth "(no. 2012/05/B/HS4/04212).


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