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  • General Founder and Publisher:

    Centre of Sociological Research

  • Publishing Partners:

    University of Szczecin (Poland)

    Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)


    Alexander Dubcek University of Trencín, Faculty of Social and Economic Relations (Slovak Republic)

    University of Entrepreneurship and Law, (Czech Republic)


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    American Sociological Association

    European Sociological Association

    World Economics Association (WEA)





Vol. 2, No 1a, 2009



Local Entrepreneurship

Windows in the development

 of the Eastern Poland’s

rural areas


Alicja Mierosławska


Abstract.Multi-annual social and economic processes as well as political system transformation have shaped the present economic status of rural areas, including the structure of rural population’s sources of income. The results of these processes are expressed in particular in: decreasing role of agriculture in employment and creation of rural population’s income; growing importance of non-agricultural activities with respect to job and income creation; weakened role of hired labour outside of rural areas (shuttle migration); significant professional deactivation of rural population as a result of demographic changes, social policy solutions and economic regression in many regions; decreased demand for agricultural products, which contributes to insufficient exploitation of productive potential and unemployment; disadvantageous price relations, which lead to transfer of value added outside of agriculture; increasing diversification of economic situation in the rural areas.


Keywords: Rural areas, Local Entrepreneurship Windows.


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2.Ministry of Regional Development, Efekty polityki spójności UE w Polsce, dokument problemowy, [Effects of the EU Cohesion Policy in Poland, non-paper] Warszawa, August 2009

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5.Ministry of Regional Development, Efekty polityki spójności UE w Polsce, dokument problemowy, [Effects of the EU Cohesion Policy in Poland, non-paper] Warszawa, August 2009

6.Słomińska B., Gmina w procesach stymulowania przedsiębiorczości [Gmina in the entrepreneurship stimulation processes], Samorząd Terytorialny 3 (195), 2007

7.Skowider J., Załęska A. Instrumenty stymulowania rozwoju lokalnego obszarów wiejskich przez władze lokalne [Instruments for stimulating the local development of rural areas by local authorities] [in:] Adamowicz M., Samorządy and społeczności lokalne w zrównoważonym rozwoju obszarów wiejskich [Selfgovernments and local communities in sustainable develo pment of rural areas], SGGW, Prace Naukowe No 40, Warszawa 2006 

dr Alicja Mierosławska

Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics

National Research Institute

Warsaw, ul. Świętokrzyska 20