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Integracja jednostek samorządu w procesie rozwoju funkcji metropolitalnych na przykładzie województwa śląskiego
Integration of local government in the development of metropolitan functions The case of the Silesian province

Author(s): Joanna Wróblewska‑Jachna
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: integration; competition; cooperation; metropolisation
Summary/Abstract: The process of metropolitizing areas in Poland involves the formation of functionalsystems which can respond to the needs of large‑scalecommunities. Local and regionalstructures taking part in global competition must adapt themselves in institutional termsto the demands of the strongest players in the global economy in order to positionthemselves optimally within global (economic, political and social) cooperation networks.Reinforcement of this position in external systems requires the management of domesticcompetition, resulting in competitive cooperation. This article presents the resultsof research carried out in 2012 in selected cities in the Silesian voivodeship. The aimof the research was to analyze the competition and cooperation processes taking placebetween cities which were bringing about a grass‑roots‑upmetropolitisation of the UpperSilesian agglomeration.