Społeczne preferencje przynależności administracyjnej mieszkańców południowo-zachodniej części województwa płockiego oraz ich powiązania funkcjonalne i migracyjne
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In this article the authors discuss the results of research done within the programme: „The Future Łódź Voivodship Delimitation Study - Empirical Research” and was carried out in the region of weakening Łódź influences. The analysis comprises the following problems: 1. Respondents’ attitude towards changes in the administrative division of Poland. 2. Their preferences for belonging to the certain administrative units. 3. The current functional relations between the citizens and the planned capitals of the administrative units (voivodships and subregional districts). 4. The recognition of citizens’ migratory directions. 5. The identification of the level of Kutno in preparation to become a subregional capital. More than the half of the respondents were for the change of the administrative division of Poland (those reform supporting were majority in each commune) while one third were against. Also the majority - 46.1% - opted for a, three-level administrative division and 37% preferred a two-level division. The whole region, irrespective of the number of administrative levels, gravitated towards Łódź as the future voivodship centre (75% of 25-voivodship-variant supporters and 85% of 17 and 12-voivodship-variant supporters). More than 90% of respondents and all the elite members saw Kutno as a potential capital of subregional district. For most interviewees Kutno was the place where they could realise their needs for services. The second declared option was Łódź. Analysis of migratory flows, although they were very different, shows that most migrants go only short distance (to Kutno, Krośniewice, Żychlin). It is worth stressing that among subregional capitals Kutno was the most popular migratory destination; among voivodships Łódź was the most popular. Kutno, with a long, subregional tradition begin in 1867, possessed ail the attributes needed to become capital of the subregional district. Four elements might be mentioned here: - there were many regional institutions which could be transformed into subregional ones; - strong functional relation with the region; - institutional background for economic activities of the region and the town; - local initiatives in organising integrated, administrative-self-govemmental structure, future subregional district (Association of Kutno Region Communes). In conclusion one must stress that citizens of the region were not satisfied with the present administrative division of Poland. They expected the revision of the current voivodship structure. However, it is impossible to point out clear preferences. The twenty-year old administrative division has not fundamentally changed the old regional and subregional relations. In all three aspects: declaration of belonging, socio-functional relations, and migration the researched communes, definitely gravitated towards Łódź as a metropolitan centre and Kutno as a potential subregional district capital.Artykuł poświęcony jest analizie przestrzennych ciążeń północnej części dawnego powiatu kutnowskiego w aspekcie preferencji przynależności administracyjnej mieszkańców, rzeczywistych związków funkcjonalnych i migracji oraz ocenie przygotowania Kutna do pełnienia funkcji powiatowej.