Economic and Institutional Urban Resilience to COVID-19: Case of Poland




institutional resilience, economic resilience, urban resilience, COVID-19, shocks, urban vulnerability


This article aims to investigate the institutional and economical resilience of Polish cities with poviat rights to COVID-19 between spring 2020 and autumn 2020. Institutional resilience was researched using surveys among crisis management units and economic resilience with K-means clustering method and stepwise regression. Cities demonstrated a large recovery potential in the areas which lay directly under their supervision. Problems arose in the areas coordinated by central government, i.e. access to respirators, or hospital beds. The size of the city and large number of medium-sized companies were the factors of city’s immunity. Tourist cities turned out to be less resilient.


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Author Biographies

Michał Dulak, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Doctor of social science in the field of political science. Assistant professor at the Chair of Studies on Integration Processes at the Institute of Political Science and International Relations, Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Jakub Kucharczuk, Centre Analysis of the Jagiellonian Club

Economist. Responsible for the area of public policies in Centre for Analysis of the Jagiellonian Club.

Karol Wałachowski, Cracow University of Economics

Master of Arts in the field of economics. Research assistant at the Department of Economic Policy and Development Programming, Cracow University of Economics.


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How to Cite

Dulak, Michał, Jakub Kucharczuk, and Karol Wałachowski. 2022. “Economic and Institutional Urban Resilience to COVID-19: Case of Poland”. Politeja 19 (3(78):175-96.



Systems and political thought