Abstract Šaradín

Local Action Groups and Participation

Pavel Šaradín

Abstract: The aim of the paper is to present the role of LAGs in the context of the highly fragmented municipal structure of the Czech Republic. A set of factors such as; the number of municipalities of LAGs, the share of deputies from administration, entrepreneurs and NGOs in LAGs, and the population of LAGs will be analyzed to see how they influence the eff ectiveness of LAGs. Based on the research conducted, we also strive to highlight the fact that for the participants LAGs are beneficial both economically and from the perspective of the community. The need to revive politics and its dynamics through participation finds an excellent instrument in LAGs.

Keywords: Local Action Group, CLLD, the Czech Republic, Participation In