chapter  2
Housing Policy in Poland Andrew Dawson
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Hitherto, the housing problem in Poland has not been considered widely in the English-language literature. Texts dealing with the recent economic history of the country have, of necessity, accorded housing rather brief mention (Kaser 1986, Landau and Tomaszewski 1985), and have dealt with it from an aspatial and economic point of view. Recent specialist writing about housing, in both English and Polish, in contrast, falls into several categories. Kramer (1980) discusses spatial variations in provision and quality for the period 1970-74, Kosinski et al. (1983) considers housing in the late 1970s, and Weclawowicz (1985) examines aspects of the Polish crisis of the 1980s as it affects housing. Other writers concentrate upon particular sectors of the housing market, areas of the country or the relationship between the availability and quality of accommodation and such social events as divorce, fertility and migration. Thus, cooperative housing and its management have been reviewed by Malicka (1979), rural housing by Dzun (1983) and Sikorski (1985), amongst others, and the housing situation in individual cities, and especially Warsaw, has been described by Ciechocinska (1987), Dangschat (1987), Dangschat and Blasius (1987), Kowalczyk (1986) and Wawrzynski (1986), examining in particular the social disparities within such cities. This account attempts to draw together some of these themes. It describes the changing demand for housing and then considers its provision and management over the post-war period in the country as a whole before assessing the extent to which the housing problem has been solved, both in general and between different parts of the country. The chapter concludes with an examination of the likely pattern of future developments.