Adam Mateusz Suchecki
JEL classification: H7, Z1;
Keywords: expenses on culture, voivodships budgets, local finances, cultural institutions, location quotient;
Abstract: Following the completion of the process of decentralisation of public administration in Poland
in 2003, a number of tasks implemented previously by the state authorities were transferred to
the local level. One of the most significant changes to the financing and management methods of
the local authorities was the transfer of tasks related to culture and national heritage to the set
of tasks implemented by local governments. As a result of the decentralisation process, the local
government units in Poland were given significant autonomy in determining the purposes of their
budgetary expenditures on culture. At the same time, they were obliged to cover these expenses
from their own revenues.
This paper focuses on the analysis of expenditures on culture covered by the voivodship budgets,
taking into consideration the structure of cultural institutions by their types, between 2003-2015.
The location quotient (LQ) was applied to two selected years (2006 and 2015) to illustrate the
diversity of expenditures on culture in individual voivodships.