Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2018, 66, 293-301
Published online 2018-02-28

Leaderand Rural Differentiation: Czech Republic (2007–2013)

Jiří Novosák1, Oldřich Hájek1, Joanna Górska-Szymczak2, Jana Novosáková1

1Department of Regional Development, Public Administration and Law, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostní 5139, 76001 Zlín, Czech Republic
2Jagiellonian College Toruń, Prosta 4, 87-100 Toruń, Poland

The goal of this paper is to reveal the socioeconomic and environmental characteristic differences between supported and unsupported Local Action Groups (LAGs) from the LEADER programme in the Czech Republic in the programming period 2007 – 2013. Hence, the associations between the LEADER programme and rural differentiation in the Czech Republic are explored. The results of this study point out that highly rural and disadvantaged LAGs were supported significantly more often, while LAGs with strong urban characteristics and growing suburban LAGs were supported significantly less often in the LEADER programme. Two crucial dimensions of rural differentiation in the Czech Republic were tackled by LEADER, namely rural aspects and socioeconomic disadvantages. This study consequently shows that LAGs may be a highly relevant place-based instrument that compensates for urban-rural gradient and socioeconomic disadvantages of rural areas.


The authors are thankful for grant no. 16-22141S ‘Determinants of Spatial Allocation of EU Cohesion Policy Expenditures in the Context of Territorial Impact Assessment’ provided by the Czech Science Foundation for the financial support to carry out this research. Data provision from the Czech Statistical Office (the Zlín Office) is kindly acknowledged.


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