1st Edition

Poland in the Single Market Politics, economics, the euro

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    By all accounts, the case of Poland and its segue to market economy and democracy is a success story: 30 years of uninterrupted growth and development, infrastructure expansion, and modernization of the economy and society. Epochal changes have unfolded in a timespan of merely three decades. Change has taken place so fast that children born in late 1980s and onwards cannot remember what life in Poland under communism was like and cannot relate to it. Also, many elderly people, easy victims of romanticizing their own youth, tend to forget. As a result, the uniqueness of Polish transition and transformation, the boldness and efficiency of reforms, and the success that Polish society mastered together, tend to be undermined today both domestically and internationally.

    Poland has now been a member of the EU for more than 15 years. During that time, Poland’s image on the EU scene evolved from newcomer, through ‘model child’, champion of growth, to – in some respects – a maverick. This volume’s objective is to remind society, old and young, researchers, scholars and practitioners, that Poland’s success is an outcome of well-thought out and bold structural reforms implemented in a swift and timely manner, of society’s support for these reforms, and of third actors’ benign assistance. Looking back on the 30 years since the collapse of communism, and at the over 15 years of EU membership, this book offers an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and critical insight into factors and processes that have led to today’s Poland.

    1 Introduction - Poland thirty years on: 1989-2019

    Anna Visvizi, Anna Matysek-Jedrych and Katarzyna Mroczek-Dabrowska

    2 Transition and transformation: the case of Poland

    Anna Visvizi and Katarzyna Zukrowska

    3 Trade and financial openness of the Polish economy in the context of economic growth - the perspective of EU membership

    Marta Wajda-Lichy, Pawel Kawa, Kamil Fijorek and Sabina Denkowska

    4 Poland’s competitive position between 2005 and 2017 – a road to success?

    Katarzyna Mroczek-Dabrowska and Aleksandra Kania

    5 The social effects of Poland’s membership of the European Union: emigration in focus

    Judyta Cabanska and Rafal Kuligowski

    6 Poland and the middle-income trap

    Rafal Riedel

    7 State Aid in Poland following accession to the EU

    Adam A. Ambroziak

    8 Unemployment in Poland after EU accession: a success story?

    Piotr Maleszyk

    9 Poland during the Global Financial Crisis: factors behind the positive growth rate

    Anna Matysek-Jedrych, Marta Wajda-Lichy, Kamil Fijorek and Sabina Denkowska

    10 Euro area reforms and Poland – the state of the game

    Marta Götz

    11 Poland and the EU budget: what to make of it?

    Magdalena Proczek

    12 Catching-up: a case for Cohesion Policy and Regional Development in Poland

    Malgorzata Dziembala

    13 INTERREG CBC funds and cross-border markets at the Polish borders

    Andrzej J. Zuk

    14 The Polish banking sector in the European Union – commonalities and differences

    Renata Karkowska and Anna Matysek-Jedrych

    15 The single market and Poland’s competitiveness: the case of German-Polish economic collaboration

    Konrad Poplawski

    16 From dependence to complementarity? Poland’s economic relations with Germany

    Sebastian Plóciennik

    17 Brexit and its potential consequences for Poland – the perspective of the Single Market principles

    Anna Matysek-Jedrych and Katarzyna Mroczek-Dabrowska

    18 Poland and the energy sector under transition: imperatives, actors, issues

    Ewa Latoszek, Anna Visvizi, Michal Paszkowski and Anna Wójtowicz

    19 Poland thirty years after transition: looking ahead

    Anna Visvizi, Anna Matysek-Jedrych and Katarzyna Mroczek-Dabrowska


    Anna Visvizi is Associate Professor at SGH Warsaw School of Economics and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy.

    Anna Matysek-Je¿drych is Assistant Professor at the Poznan´ University of Economics and Business.

    Katarzyna Mroczek-Da¿browska is Associate Professor at the Poznan´ University of Economics and Business.