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Regional Development: Uneven Regional Development

Hudson, R.


R. Hudson


Nigel Thrift

Rob Kitchin


The concept of uneven development originally developed within Marxian political economy to describe – inter alia – relations between political classes, between the forces and relations of production, and between companies. Subsequently, it became generalized across a wide range of approaches in the social sciences and substantive domains, not least in that of regional uneven development. Uneven development is endemic to capitalist development at all spatial scales, including the regional (understood here to mean spatial units below the scale of the national). The empirical evidence is so widespread that, with the exception of the proponents of neoliberalism, there is a general acceptance of the fact of regional uneven development and that this is an endemic feature of capitalist development and is not something that can be eliminated. Whether it can be managed and its effects ameliorated so that it remains within politically and socially acceptable limits is a much more contentious issue.


Hudson, R. (2009). Regional Development: Uneven Regional Development. In N. Thrift, & R. Kitchin (Eds.), International encyclopaedia of human geography (18-23). Elsevier.

Publication Date Jan 1, 2009
Deposit Date Jun 20, 2011
Publisher Elsevier
Pages 18-23
Series Number 12
Book Title International encyclopaedia of human geography.
ISBN 9780080449104
Keywords Capitalist development, Crisis, Cumulative causation, Institutional approaches, Marxian political economy, Regional uneven development, State policies.