Cooperation Between Local Authorities and Economic Entities in Polish Economic Zones - Evidence From Lower Silesia in Poland

Piotr Hajduga , Tomasz Pilewicz , Anna Mempel-Śnieżyk


The article presents the phenomenon of special economic zones (SEZs) in Poland through characteristics of its legal, organizational and economic aspects. The detailed study of benefits and expectations from local authorities and managing authority of SEZs in Lower Silesia has been presented. The aim of this paper is to explain the phenomenon and the importance of cooperation between the enterprises located in special economic zones (SEZs) and also, between enterprises and local authorities. The authors hypothesize that participation in SEZs activities results in establishing cooperation among other entities within and beyond SEZs. For this paper, we designed and conducted a survey among economic entities seated in SEZs of Lower Silesia region. A simple random sampling approach was used with a representative number of economic entities’ subpopulations proportionally reflecting the size of enterprises (small, medium, large) in the studied population. The interview questionnaire comprises a set of 24 questions referring to various aspects in the functioning of enterprises in SEZs. The conducted research have found that although research entities indicated legal obstacles, confusing regulations, shortage of personnel, or limited space for enterprise development in SEZs in Lower Silesia they qualified relationships with local authorities as very favourable and rather favourable. Despite the identified unfavourable conditions for conducting business the researched entities invested in new technologies, services and further expansion during their activity in SEZs. The researched entities also recognized the crucial role of the authority formally managing SEZs and their satisfaction resulting from relationships with local authorities.
Author Piotr Hajduga (ES / DSEaLGA)
Piotr Hajduga,,
- Department of Spatial Economy and Local Government Administration
, Tomasz Pilewicz - Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)
Tomasz Pilewicz,,
, Anna Mempel-Śnieżyk (ES / DSEaLGA)
Anna Mempel-Śnieżyk,,
- Department of Spatial Economy and Local Government Administration
Journal seriesEconomics&Sociology, ISSN 2071-789X, e-ISSN 2306-3459 , (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.8
Keywords in English special economic zone; networks of cooperation; local authorities, Poland
ASJC Classification2000 General Economics, Econometrics and Finance; 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)15
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.952
Citation count*4 (2020-08-06)
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