Qual Quant (2010) 44:1219–1226
The effect of balanced development idea on the quality
of life of inhabitants in selected municipalities
of the Silesian province
Bozena Skotnicka-Zasadzien · Katarzyna Midor
Published online: 18 July 2009
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
Abstract The article presents the effect of balanced development on the quality of life
of Silesian Province inhabitants. The aim of the surveys was to determine the attitude of
local governments to the idea of balanced development, as well as to present instruments
and the extent of balanced development idea implementation in particular municipalities.
The conducted studies have revealed that most municipalities claim they follow balanced
development principles and declare a wish to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.
However, the above actions are merely theoretical. As a matter of fact, greater awareness of
the authorities and a change in the model of particular municipalities’ management is needed
so that the balanced development concept can be practically implemented.
Keywords Balanced development · Quality of life · Municipality management ·
Local government · Silesia
Transformations in the natural environment due to human economic activity since the begin-
ning of the industrial era until today force us to consider the necessity of introducing radical
changes in order to maintain life on earth. Increasing threats to the existence of future gener-
ations have been identiﬁed, which obliges us to make changes in the manner of management.
These changes are connected with conscious directing the activities at balanced development
(Czyz 2001, p. 37). The concept of balanced development results chieﬂy from the criticism of
traditional models of development and their corresponding economic policies, which deﬁne
B. Skotnicka-Zasadzien (
) · K. Midor
Quality Management of Process and Product Department, Organization and Management Faculty,
Silesian Technical University, Politechnika Slaska, Wydział Organizacji i Zarzadzania Katedra
Zarzadzania Jakoscia Procesow i Produktow, Roosevelta 24-26, 41250 Zabrze, Poland