LEADER+ was implemented through LAGs. What were the power relations in these institutions? The proportion of non-governmental actors in German LAGs was slightly higher than that of actors from public administration. In Finland, the LAGs’ executive committees were composed according to the principle of tripartition (one-third local residents, one-third public administration and one-third local businesses). There was a clear male dominance in Germany and Finland as far as the heads of LAGs are concerned.