Integration and independence in the perspective of rural municipalities
H. Hudečková, M. Pitterlinghttps://doi.org/10.17221/98/2009-AGRICECONCitation:Hudečková H., Pitterling M. (2009): Integration and independence in the perspective of rural municipalities. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 55: 596-604.
In order to develop the quality of life in small rural municipalities, their representation faces the thoughts about the perspective of these municipalities in economic terms (the capacity to finance long-term investments) as well as in the socio-cultural terms (the development of participation in public life embedded in the local identity). This article presents the results of the pilot empirical survey in one micro-region of the Czech Republic. The results of the in-depth interviews clearly indicate the preference of the investigated communities to choose the strategy of supporting their independence (which might result in the risk of lower ability to deal with economic problems) prior to the strategy to strengthen the economy of the community through merging the municipalities (and to risk the potential loss of local identity). The conclusions consider the possible forms of municipal cooperation reinforcing the capacity to address economic problems while preserving the autonomy of small rural municipalities. However, the low ability of the partnership cooperation of these municipalities is demonstrated.Keywords:social action, local government, small rural communities, local identity, the budgetary allocation of taxes