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Defining left behind places: an internationally comparative poset analysis

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Authors

Borges, Carolina Guinesi Mattos  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0009-0002-4754-7794

Abstract

jats:titleAbstract</jats:title> jats:pThere is considerable debate in the literature as to the precise definition of ‘left-behind’ places, and the appropriate metrics for identifying them, and for successfully targeting regional policy interventions. We propose an evaluation structure for ‘left-behindness’ based on Amartya Sen’s capability approach, and argue that the diversity of criteria should not be seen as a shortcoming, but rather as a richness to be explored. We show, through the use of ‘posets’ and Hasse diagrams, that there are several distinct ‘structures of left-behindness’ across European NUTS 2 regions, revealing spatial imbalances that do not conform to a ‘one size fits all’ narrative.</jats:p>

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Keywords

4406 Human Geography, 44 Human Society, 14 Life Below Water

Journal Title

Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

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Journal ISSN

1752-1378
1752-1386

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Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)