Pride and Prejudice: The Local Leaders’ Attitude Towards Place-Based Collaboration in the Warsaw Metropolitan Area

  • Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Local Development and Policy, Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warsaw
  • Anna Dąbrowska University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Local Development and Policy, Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warsaw
Keywords: place-based collaboration, urban dimension of EU regional policy, ITI instrument, metropolitan governance, regional governance, institutional collective actions, Warsaw


The goal of the paper is to identify and discuss the factors shaping the local leaders’ attitude towards metropolitan collaboration. The focus is on the relations within the political space and it is set in institutional collective actions dilemmas context. This article is based on 103 in-depth interviews with politicians and officials as well as on analysis of statistical and financial data. The results generally confirm the most often discussed set of factors that influence the collaboration in metropolitan areas but also induce to pay attention to the details. It is very difficult to define what it is positive incentive to collaboration in general – it has to be shaped to the chosen place.

Author Biographies

Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Local Development and Policy, Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warsaw
Anna Dąbrowska, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Local Development and Policy, Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warsaw


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