Possibilities and constraints of place-based development projects to temper hierarchical dependencies in a deprived neighbourhood

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Keller, Judit
Virág, Tünde
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Recent studies have argued that place-based public policies can make a positive contribution to spatial justice. Arguably, the combination of procedural and distributive justice can enable local governance to develop appropriate procedures for more equitable distribution of public resources and for partnership and participation. Research in economic sociology, however, has found that place-based interventions, in order to generate positive resources for local development, must be based on a “virtuous relationship” between various scales of government. This relationship is shaped by a governance framework that applies principles of distributed authority, integration of various branches of policies, and partnership between the central state, lower levels of state and non-state actors. Our research analyses the case of a place-based developmental intervention against child poverty financed by the European Union Cohesion Policy in a small, disadvantaged town in the northeast periphery of Hungary. The findings of extended fieldwork funded by RELOCAL and NRDIO post-doctoral fellowship (112659) suggest that in the absence of a virtuous relationship between levels of government in domestic policy regimes, place-based interventions cannot make a positive contribution to spatial justice, but rather preserve existing inequalities in local power relations and in access to public services.
társadalmi egyenlőtlenségek - Magyarország , területi egyenlőtlenségek - Magyarország , periferizáció , periférikus helyzet , periférikus térség , Encs , hely-alapú fejlesztés , területi igazságosság
Justice spatiale / Spatial justice 13. pp. 1-22. (2019)