K01 & K02
Spatial inequalities joint panel

Convenors:
Vasudha Chhotray (University of East Anglia)
Anindita Adhikari (Brown University)
Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (University of Ghana Business School)
Badru Bukenya (Makerere University)
Chiara Cazzuffi (RIMISP - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural)
Cristian Leyton (RIMISP - Latin American Center for Rural Development)
Stream:
K: Uneven urban and sub-national development
Location:
G5
Start time:
27 June, 2018 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel seeks to collect new evidence on (a) the magnitude of spatial inequality across and within developing countries and regions; (b) the local and aggregate costs that spatial inequality generates; c) the political economy drivers of spatial inequality including critical political junctures; (d) examples of successful policies to address spatial inequality.

Long abstract:

Amidst growing attention to inequalities in recent years, spatial inequalities have been of particular concern not only because of the conflicts they often engender, but also because they constitute a large component of overall inequality in many developing countries. The persistence of spatial inequalities within countries is a particularly important dimension of this research and has focused attention on the subnational political unit as a basis for uncovering the most significant drivers of difference. This panel seeks to collect new evidence on (a) the magnitude of spatial inequality across and within developing countries and regions; (b) the local and aggregate costs that spatial inequality generates, including (but not limited to) in terms of conflict and slower growth and poverty reduction; (c) the political economy drivers of spatial inequality, and d) examples of successful policies that have addressed spatial inequality. On c), we are particularly interested in political economy factors such as critical political junctures (territorial reorganization and institutional shifts for instance) which interact and transform the pre-existing political context, social configurations and institutional capacities to produce unequal development outcomes