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Regional performance and inequality: linking economic and social development through a capabilities approach

Perrons, Diane (2012) Regional performance and inequality: linking economic and social development through a capabilities approach. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 5 (1). pp. 15-29. ISSN 1752-1378

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Abstract

Despite European Union objectives for economic and social cohesion, current measures of regional development are defined economically, reflecting the separation in policy and academia between economic issues, concerned with growth, and social issues, concerned with redistribution. Drawing on the capabilities perspective and a similar methodology to the UNDP’s Human Development Index, this paper calculates a measure of regional development for UK regions and contrasts the results with orthodox GDP measures. The key finding is that London appears less of a successful region and more of a region with intense contrasts, including high levels of poverty, perhaps better reflecting inhabitants’ sense of well-being.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://cjres.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 15:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/42726/

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