ABSTRACT

This chapter starts at the bottom of the LEADER+ decision-making and implementation structure and analyses different issues regarding the internal structures of Finnish and German LAGs, the different forms of social and cultural capital possessed by the members of LAGs and their power relations within the LAGs. Of the questions asked in this context, the members’ motivation to engage in the LAG, gender, age distribution and education are highlighted. Looking at these characteristics helps to unmask the ‘inequalities and power relations between social actors within a “community” the territorial approach tends to mask by employing a consensus perspective’ (Shucksmith 2000: 209).1 Shucksmith (2000: 209) has argued that ‘differences according to class, ethnicity and gender’ can be ‘obscured’ in such communities.