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Justice, efficiency and economic geography: should places help one another to develop?

Storper, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-8354-792X (2011) Justice, efficiency and economic geography: should places help one another to develop? European Urban and Regional Studies, 18 (1). pp. 3-21. ISSN 1461-7145

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0969776410394553


What is a 'just' or 'equitable' territorial distribution of resources or economic and social development? As in the other social sciences, the normative dimensions of territorial development - of what would constitute 'just' cities, regions and global patterns of development - cover the process of resource creation and allocation, as well as the geographical (place) and interpersonal (people) outcomes of such processes. A geographical approach to justice and equity must consider the interaction of place distributions and people distributions of income and opportunity. Place and people distributions may conflict with one another. Moreover, different such distributions have different impacts on economic efficiency and thus on aggregate output. This article confronts theories of justice with results in economic geography about the territorial basis of economic efficiency. It then opens up a research agenda on the normative bases of inter-territorial relations and on the possible criteria for redistribution of development resources among territories.

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Additional Information: © 2011 SAGE
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 14:44
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:13

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