This paper examines urbanization in Poland after the
Second World War. Particular attention is paid to
urban dynamics in respect of the distribution of
urban settlements, and changes in the urban
population size distribution.The authors highlight
the particular role of industrialization in shaping
urbanization in the postwar period, and the
consequences for urban economies after 1989.
Urbanization has consistently lagged behind
industrialization, with significant consequences for
standards of living, infrastructure provision and
levels of commuting.