Organizacja terytorialna przyszłego województwa łódzkiego (Wyniki badań przeprowadzonych w sześciu gminach rejonu sieradzkiego
Niżnik, Anna Małgorzata
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This research presents the results of a questionnaire survey carried out in June 1996 concerning the perception of the local population regarding future changes in administrative boundaries in the western part of the Sieradz voivodship (county). The commune involved were: Goszczanów, Warta, Błaszki, Wróblew, Brąszewice and Klonowa. In addition, supporting information regarding the population’s use of services, education, shopping facilities, medical services, recreation and cultural facilities, together with employment and local migration patterns, were obtained from official sources. The survey interviewed 600 people in total in the six commune. In each of the latter the sample included 10 people from the local establishment, and 90 representing the remainder of the population. Findings relating to the perceived need for boundary change were similar for both establishment and other groups, the elderly seeing little need for change and the young and educated preferring a new situation. Unskilled non-establishment interviewees preferred the status quo. Equally, both groups preferred a two-tier system of local government involving commune and voivodship rather than a three-tier system involving commune, administrative district and voivodship. No less than 78% of the establishment group and 60% of the other group selected this strategy. Interviewees were asked their views concerning the size of Polish local government areas: whether there should be 12, 17 or 25 units, compared with the 49 voivodships at present. In the case of the first two options the majority preferred to be associated with the county of Łódź rather than Poznań. Łódź was also preferred in the case of the third option, the choice lying between Łódź, selected by 51%, and Kalisz, selected by 49% of those interviewed. Factors influencing preferences included ease of communication, established service and other links with centres and regions, and former local government boundaries. In conclusion, it seems class that people’s preferences regarding local government boundaries are heavily influenced by socio-economic considerations.Wyniki badań kwestionariuszowych przeprowadzonych wśród 600 osób oraz rzeczywiste powiązania ludności zamieszkującej sześć jednostek lokalnych zachodniej części województwa sieradzkiego stanowią treść artykułu. Badania podjęto w związku z przyszłymi zmianami podziału administracyjnego kraju.