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Perceptions of Priority Policy Areas and Interventions for Urban Sustainability in Polish Municipalities: Can Polish Cities Become Smart, Inclusive and Green?

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Department of Labour and Social Policy, University of Łódź; ul. Rewolucji 1905 r. nr 37, 90-214 Łódź, Poland
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Department of Economic and Social Statistics, University of Łódź; ul. Rewolucji 1905 r. nr 41, 90-214 Łódź, Poland
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Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3962; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143962
Received: 12 April 2019 / Revised: 4 July 2019 / Accepted: 19 July 2019 / Published: 21 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Local Government Responses to Catalyse Sustainable Urban Development)
The transition to sustainable urban development requires both appropriate city management and local authorities that are aware of the implications posed by new urban sustainability challenges. The article aims to identify the priority policy/practice areas and interventions to solve sustainability challenges in Polish municipalities, as well as the factors that differentiate these priorities. Through an online questionnaire we surveyed 460 Polish municipalities, and conducted a multidimensional assessment concerning how mayors (and their executive teams) prioritise possible policy/practice areas and interventions related to sustainability. Our analysis implies that the mayors (and their executive teams) assign higher priority to policy/practice areas and interventions related to economic and social domains, and slightly lower priority to environmental ones. However, an important finding is that the priority policy/practice areas and interventions do not correspond well to some of the contemporary sustainability challenges in Polish cities. Effectively tackling urban environmental, economic and social problems would require the implementation of new approaches related to smart cities, the circular economy and/or cultural diversity. However, these less traditional policy/practice areas and interventions are quite low on the priority list of Polish mayors and their executive teams. Interestingly mayors and executive teams that prefer more participatory and solidarity-based management approaches are more likely to prioritise less traditional policy/practice areas and interventions to solve urban sustainability challenges in their municipalities. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable cities; local government; local governance; urban policy priorities sustainable cities; local government; local governance; urban policy priorities
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Przywojska, J.; Podgórniak-Krzykacz, A.; Wiktorowicz, J. Perceptions of Priority Policy Areas and Interventions for Urban Sustainability in Polish Municipalities: Can Polish Cities Become Smart, Inclusive and Green? Sustainability 2019, 11, 3962.

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