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Społeczno‑ekonomiczne uwarunkowania postaw przedsiębiorczych mieszkańców wsi w Polsce
Socioeconomic determinants of entrepreneurial attitudes of the inhabitants of rural areas in Poland

Author(s): Jan Sikora
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: rural areas; multifunctional development; non‑agricultural entrepreneurship; inhabitants of rural areas
Summary/Abstract: Strategy of multifunctional development of rural areas used in Poland after its accessionto the European Union points to the departure from agricultural activities andreplacing them with various forms of non‑agriculturalentrepreneurship. However, theinhabitants of rural areas should stay in the country and develop non‑agriculturalactivities.The paper presents a brief socio‑economiccharacterization of rural areas in Polandand the idea of the strategy of multifunctional development in these areas. The preconditionfor successful development of rural areas is the involvement of rural society that isexpressed in different forms of entrepreneurial activity. Thus, the paper characterizes theessence and conditions for development of entrepreneurship in the country and presentsstatistical analysis of the forms of entrepreneurship developed by the inhabitants of ruralareas. Apart from the actual status of non‑agriculturalactivities in rural areas, the focuswas on the prospective activity of the inhabitants of rural areas.The paper was written based on the literature, statistical data and results of national‑scaleempirical survey.