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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

The Politics of Uneven Development
The politics of uneven development
Introduction

Raymond Williams did not include ‘development’ in his Keywords (Williams, 1976), and perhaps for good reason. It is common to think of it today in association with higher living standards, higher levels of economic wealth or productivity, and a host of other outcomes or conditions that it is felt improve people's lives. These might emerge out of wider social and economic processes, or be associated with government interventions designed to accomplish these goals. As such, and with some nuances, it is applied at all manner of geographic scales, from the local to the national, and even the international. There is much disagreement and debate regarding these processes and outcomes, their feasibility, desirability, and relative ...

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