This collection of articles is the result of the research project «The Polish local society in the process of European integration – a decade of experience», financed by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN). The aim was to investigate the process of integration in the EU of six selected local Polish communities. The same six communities had been studied ten years before, when Poland was preparing for the EU accession. The research was based on qualitative methodology. The results show that the knowledge of the EU in local Poland remains at a very low level. The exception is competence in the field of EU structural funds. These funds are the main factor which determines the positive attitude of Poles towards the EU and the Polish membership in it. At the same time the process of the construction of a European identity in terms of values remains very problematic.
European integration from the perspective of local authorities. An empirical analysis of six municipalities (Dariusz Niedźwiedzki)
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Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University of Kraków
European integration from the perspective of local authorities. An empirical analysis of six municipalities
Abstract: This chapter deals with the perception of integration of “local Poland” with the EU as seen by the local authorities, and also discusses elements of local politics from the perspective of the European integration. The research results show that utilitarian attitudes dominate the perception of the EU membership. Perception of well-being and collective interests of the local community constitute the perspective from which EU membership is assessed. Local authorities are also judged by their communities on the basis of their success in acquiring and usefully spending EU financial support.
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