In this third of the LGI Discussion Paper series on Poland, the author, an LGI Steering Committee member and Minister in charge of local government reform since 1989-91, describes the change in the nature of the state since 1989. He gives a firsthand
account of the reforms in Poland which are much further along than the decentralization efforts in other countries in the region. From those administrative reforms, a number of other advancements followed, such as the emergence of a real estate market, the creation of local finance markets and the development of municipal investments.
However, a number of policy changes still lay ahead, such as transformation of the health care, social security, and educational and judicial systems.