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The continuing debate about urban bias: the thesis, its critics, its influence, and its implications for poverty reduction strategies

Jones, Gareth A. and Corbridge, Stuart (2010) The continuing debate about urban bias: the thesis, its critics, its influence, and its implications for poverty reduction strategies. Progress in Development Studies, 10 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1464-9934

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Identification Number: 10.1177/146499340901000101

Abstract

This article reviews the current state of the debate around the concept of ‘urban bias’. It first reviews Michael Lipton’s original formulation of an Urban Bias Thesis (UBT), and the initial debates that took shape in regard to his work and the work of Elliott Berg and Robert Bates. The main body of the article, however, considers a recent reworking of the UBT by Robert Eastwood and Michael Lipton, and four sets of objections that can be raised against it. Central to these objections are new accounts of the importance of mobility in constructing rural-urban livelihoods and claims emanating from the ‘new economic geography’ about the economic advantages of towns and cities. The article concludes with a short review of the implication of the continuing debate on ‘urban bias’ for public policy and Poverty Reduction Strategies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://pdj.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2010 SAGE Publications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Departments > International Development
Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2008 15:30
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 10:02
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/19681

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