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Regions and Regional Uneven Development Forever? Some Reflective Comments upon Theory and Practice

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Abstract In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in 'the region' from a variety of both intellectual and practical perspectives, with the result that regional studies are once again of central concern. In this paper I examine four, to a degree inter-weaving, sets of questions about regions and regional policy and practice. First, how is the region to be defined? Secondly, how can the concept of governmentality deepen our understanding of regions? Thirdly, how are 'the region's interests' to be defined? And finally, how is regional economic development to be defined? Problematising what we mean by the terms 'region' and 'development' in these ways and posing and exploring questions such as these will allow the study of regions to be taken forward in a progressive manner in the future.
Classification Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Regions; Uneven Development; State Policy; Regional Policy and Practice; Power
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 1149-1160
Journal Regional Studies, 41 (2007) 9
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)