About #ZdecentralizowanaRP


#ZdecentralizowanaRP (The Decentralized Republic) is a nonpartisan initiative of a diverse group of local leaders, community activists, entrepreneurs and scholars from all sixteen Polish voivodeships or regions which aims at reforming Poland’s highly dysfunctional governance system.

While social and opinion leaders engaged in #ZdecentralizowanaRP differ widely in terms of political and ideological leanings, we all acknowledge that Poland is divided and weakened by a dangerously destructive political conflict. Internal strife reduces the country’s ability to benefit from the historically auspicious political-economic conditions and conclude its convergence with the West. Among the hostages of the ongoing „Polish-Polish war” are also independent institutions and public services of critical importance, whose poor quality deepens the distrust of the citizens towards the state.

The foundational hypothesis of our project is that the Polish state can be strengthened through a smartly designed model of decentralized governance, which would introduce balance between a highly professional national central government and strengthened regions. This Decentralized Republic, based on the principle of subsidiarity, would substantially improve stability, effectiveness, and resilience of state institutions in three key areas: political cohesion, economic development strategies, and public services.


Links to articles in English describing elements of our proposal:

→ Project Syndicate (May 14, 2019), Maciej Kisilowski, Wojciech Przybylski: Democratic Lessons from the EU

→ Visegrad Insight (May 31, 2019), Anna Wojciuk, Wojciech Przybylski: On the Decentralization of Poland


A number of English-language working papers developed within the project is also available on request.


#ZdecentralizowanaRP is a project run by the Social Contract Incubator (Inkubator Umowy Społecznej or IUS). The Executive Board of IUS consists of:
prof. Ryszard Balicki, University of Wrocław
Jakub Drożdż
prof. Antoni Dudek, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw
prof. Mikołaj Herbst, University of Warsaw
prof. Maciej Kisilowski, Central European University, Budapest
prof. Sylwia Sysko-Romańczuk, Warsaw University of Technology
prof. Anna Wojciuk, University of Warsaw

University affiliations are mentioned for informational purposes only and do not imply any institutional endorsement of the project.


Contact us at kontakt@zdecentralizowanarp.pl.


→ Continue to #ZdecentralizowanaRP main site (in Polish)