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.
Chapter 31: The Political Geography of Uneven Development
The Political Geography of Uneven Development
Since the Second World War, the idea that uneven development is a problem that should be addressed has spawned a veritable ‘development industry’ of UN agencies, government departments, academics and non-governmental organizations. The literature advising, monitoring and assessing this putative process of development is truly massive, much too large to review in this single chapter. Fortunately most of it is outside geography, and within geography most of it is outside political geography. Rather than bemoan this relative neglect, I am going to treat it as an opportunity.
Overall the general argument of the chapter is that the idea of development — lessening uneven development — has been an intellectual prisoner of state-centric thinking. To conceive ...