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Hungarian Geographical Bulletin

Hungarian Geographical Bulletin
ISSN 2064-5031, E-ISSN 2064-5147


2015. VOL. 64. No 3.

Cikk adatai
Cím
Economic convergence and polarisation: towards a multi-dimensional approach
Szerzők
József BENEDEK - Aura MOLDOVAN
DOI
10.15201/hungeobull.64.3.3
Megjelenési adatok
64/3. 187-203. (2015)
Absztrakt
The current increase of regional inequalities in Europe, and in particular in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has led to the reconsideration and revival of the concepts of "polarisation" and "convergence" in academic fields like regional economics, economic geography and spatial planning as well. In contrast to the classical view on these concepts determined by functionalism and topology, the new theoretical and empirical perspectives are emphasising a multidimensional perspective. In addition, there is an important debate about the relation between economic inequalities and growth. This article provides a critical overview and assessment of the theoretical and empirical work on regional inequalities with special emphasis on theories of economic and social polarisation, regional economic growth, convergence, and social inequalities. We attempt to combine two powerful concepts of polarisation and convergence, emphasising their relational and multi-scalar nature. Building on this basis, we propose a multidimensional concept of socio-economic polarisation, which comprises processes of convergence and divergence, growth and mobility in economic and social dimensions.
Kulcsszavak
regional inequalities, economic convergence, polarisation, Central and Eastern Europe
Online közzététel
2015. 10. 06.
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