Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Franziska Görmar, Thilo Lang, Erika Nagy, Garri Raagmaa
    Pages 1-25 Open Access
  3. Socio-Spatial Polarisation in the EU and Questions of Power

  4. Regional and Cohesion Policies (Re-)producing Socio-Spatial Disparities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Rhys Jones, Sami Moisio, Mikko Weckroth, Michael Woods, Juho Luukkonen, Frank Meyer et al.
      Pages 97-119 Open Access
    3. Stefan Telle, Martin Špaček, Daniela Crăciun
      Pages 149-172 Open Access
    4. József Benedek, Ştefana Varvari, Cristian Marius Litan
      Pages 173-195 Open Access
  5. Responses to Regional Polarisation and Alternative Perspectives

  6. Conclusions: About the Relevance of Scientific Research for Political Practice and Policy Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Sorin Cebotari, Tomas Hanell, Thilo Lang
      Pages 369-382 Open Access

About this book


Despite the emphasis of the European Regional Policy on territorial cohesion, regional disparities have been increasing within Europe in the past years. The metropolitan areas in almost all countries are considerably growing while regions outside of agglomerations are stagnating or even declining. Against this background this book aims to provide an understanding of the underlying processes of polarisation and related regional and local policies.

This open access volume contributes to the debates about polarisation and regional development by focussing on questions of spatial justice, power distribution and policy transfer. Theoretical and empirically grounded contributions show that European policies are indeed reproducing socio-spatial inequalities instead of challenging them. The book shows further the existing potentials and limits of individuals, economic, political and civil society actors to respond to polarisation on the regional and local level.

In this book conceptual thoughts on polarisation, regional policy and regional development are combined with empirical research and resulting implications for policymaking. As such, it is a valuable source for early career students and researchers as well as professionals in the field of regional and economic development, policy consultants, and policy makers.


peripheralization spatial planning European studies regional development socio-spatial polarisation regional policy spatial studies spatial development Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Thilo Lang
    • 1
  • Franziska Görmar
    • 2
  1. 1.Leibniz Institute for Regional GeographyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Leibniz Institute for Regional GeographyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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