LEADER and Local Democracy: A Comparison between Finland and the United Kingdom
The chapter is structured as follows. We first present and discuss the elements of LEADER as a tool for rural governance and local participation. Next, we briefly describe how the LEADER system as a whole functions both in Finland and the United Kingdom. Then we present the theoretical background, where we focus on describing the features of aggregative and integrative democracy through seven criteria, based on a modification of March and Olsen (1989). This is followed by a presentation of the case studies and the method used in this study. Next, we concentrate on the analysis. We first describe the case studies in both countries separately and then we compare the models of the local LEADER system of both countries. Finally, we discuss the results and its implications for the local LEADER system in general.