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Opportunities And Obstacles Of Areabased Partnerships In Rural Hungary €“ Main Features Of The Operations Of Leader Local Action Groups Based On A Nationwide Survey

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  • Kis, Krisztian
  • Szekeresne, Koteles Rita

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Based on the results of our questionnaire survey, our study presents the major operational features of LEADER LAGs established in Hungary in the second half of 2007. Our national survey indicated that most of the partnerships established do not have experience in the implementation of community-based rural development programmes and there are no traditions and practices for development cooperation, which may cause problems as the success of programme implementation highly depends on the preparedness of local society, on the cooperation of local people. The survey indicates that the development of areas covered by LAGs is hindered by so-called soft factors characterizing human resources (rural people and communities). Therefore human resources are not only factors of the rural economy but areas for development as well. Having examined the tasks of LAGs, it can be established that they deem it to be their principal task to grant support funds. In our opinion, performance of this task is obviously necessary but far from sufficient to fulfil their catalyst role expected in local developments. For this purpose, it is essential for action groups to play a proactive role in organizing and thereby increase the capacity of local communities, a prerequisite for implementing a LEADER programme. In accordance with the basic principle of subsidiarity, rural development should be implemented locally, managed by local communities, and decisions should be made at local levels in a decentralized manner. At the same time, the survey points out that LAGs operate under strong government influence and control, leading to the conclusion that the Hungarian practice of the LEADER programme is characterized by decentralization without subsidiarity. In the present structure, the activities of LAGs are predominantly financed from central resources. Administration is the primary goal of their financing, which restricts their effective and efficient operations, thereby the successful implementation of the LEADER programme. It is unquestionable that LAGs need to be centrally financed since their operation is fundamental for programme implementation, but this requires more than acting in their present role of distributing resources. In order for action groups to fulfil their real roles to boost local developments, they need to recognize their mission; and from the financing and regulatory side, they must be enabled to complete the tasks expected from them and their function.

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  • Kis, Krisztian & Szekeresne, Koteles Rita, 2011. "Opportunities And Obstacles Of Areabased Partnerships In Rural Hungary €“ Main Features Of The Operations Of Leader Local Action Groups Based On A Nationwide Survey," APSTRACT: Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, AGRIMBA, vol. 5.
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    1. Olan T. Henry & Nilss Olekalns & Kalvinder Shields, 2002. "Non-linear Co-Movements in Output Growth: Evidence from the United States and Australia," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 857, The University of Melbourne.
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