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 voivodships or regions which aims at reforming Poland’s highly dysfunctional governance system. #ZdecentralizowanaRP is a project run by the Social Contract Incubator (Inkubator Umowy Społecznej or IUS).


Constitutional Strategy for a Polarized Society: The Case of Poland and the Social Contract Incubator

2021 ICON•S Mundo Forum

Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 14:00-15:30 CEST / 12:00-13:30 UTC  / 8:00-9:30 am ET

ZOOM LINK: https://icon-society-org.zoom.us/j/95069779369?pwd=VDlXTzBIc2draVhCZzhWaWh2aXQrQT09 (Id: 95069779369)

We cordially invite all interested scholars and engaged citizens to the International Society of Public Law (ICON•S) Mundo Forum discussing the #ZdecentralizowanaRP project.

The forum will be chaired by Prof. Kim Scheppele of Princeton University.

Apart from numerous IUS members, the discussion will feature, among others:

→ prof. Paul Blokker of the University of Bologna;

→ prof. Peter Lindseth of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

The full agenda of the Forum is available here.


The Reading List

Before the Forum, we recommend the following reading about the project:

→ 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

→ #ZdecentralizowanaRP Concept Paper

→ Model Voivodship Charter 


More about #ZdecentralizowanaRP

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.


→ Continue to #ZdecentralizowanaRP main site (in Polish)