Defining left behind places: an internationally comparative poset analysis

Flavio Comim, Maria Abreu, Carolina Guinesi Mattos Borges

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There is considerable debate in the literature as to the precise definition of 'left-behind' places, and the appropriate metrics for identifying them, and for successfully targeting regional policy interventions. We propose an evaluation structure for 'left-behindness' based on Amartya Sen's capability approach, and argue that the diversity of criteria should not be seen as a shortcoming, but rather as a richness to be explored. We show, through the use of 'posets' and Hasse diagrams, that there are several distinct 'structures of left-behindness' across European NUTS 2 regions, revealing spatial imbalances that do not conform to a 'one size fits all' narrative.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)163-180
Nombre de pàgines18
RevistaCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de març 2024


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