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Uneven development, socio-spatial polarisation and political responses.

Hudson, Ray (2015) 'Uneven development, socio-spatial polarisation and political responses.', London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 25-39. New geographies of Europe.


Although the causal mechanisms and processes are specific to different forms of societal organization, uneven development is a characteristic common to more advanced forms of societal development. Uneven development is therefore integral to the crisis-prone development of capitalist economies. From the outset, such economies were and continue to be characterized by socio-spatial uneven development and consequent polarization at various scales. The combined and uneven character of capitalist development results in both the social production of space and growing qualitative as well as quantitative differentiation between places within those socio-spatial structures. Growing economic polarization affects social conditions, while, in turn, the evolution of the economic development process is influenced by these socially produced spatial differences. As a result, national states (and now the EU) see it as necessary to seek to limit socio-spatial polarization and keep inequality within ‘acceptable’ limits.

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Publisher statement:Hudson R. (2015) Uneven Development, Socio-Spatial Polarization and Political Responses. In: Lang T., Henn S., Sgibnev W., Ehrlich K. (eds) Understanding Geographies of Polarization and Peripheralization. New Geographies of Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, London reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:
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Date deposited:10 July 2018
Date of first online publication:31 August 2015
Date first made open access:31 August 2018

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