Intermediate central communities in Rural Regions - A qualitative instrument for analysis
This study shows specific strengths and weaknesses of the economic potential of rural regions by using qualitative, statistic methods. At this, groups of central communities are formed to analyze their potentials. The application of intermediate central communities, which are a functional link between periphery and main central communities, is the particular characteristic of this study, which applies the municipality as the least possible regional level of analysis. There is a massive, structural need for adjustment in the Eastern German States for these central communities. Furthermore, specific, structural deficits can be shown for the West German States as well. The recommended method allows to take all relevant deficits adequately into consideration within a regional policy. The delineated statements provide sufficient statistical support.