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Methodological Aspects in Analyzing the Level of Non-Uniformity of Socio-Economic Development of Regions

Gubanova E.S., Kleshch V.S.

Volume 10, Issue 1, 2017

Gubanova E.S., Kleshch V.S. Methodological Aspects in Analyzing the Level of Non-Uniformity of Socio-Economic Development of Regions. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2017, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 58-75. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2017.1.49.4

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2017.1.49.4

Abstract   |   Authors   |   References
This article considers uneven socio-economic development of territories. The experience of many countries convincingly demonstrates that the heterogeneity of space is a significant obstacle to the sustainable development of regions. Having analyzed the works of foreign and domestic scientists, the authors prove that in the course of transformation of the views on spatial development, there gradually evolved an idea of uneven socio-economic development as an objective feature of any territory. The study classifies factors that influence the socio-economic inequality of territories and determine its complexity. The authors pay attention to the fact that when studying development unevenness the researchers use different terms (“differentiation”, “asymmetry”, “polarization”, “disproportion”) that are often treated as similar. Therefore, the paper puts forward a hypothesis that there exists a relationship between these concepts that have similar meaning, and the special nature of this relationship is manifested in the fact that these concepts represent different stages of unevenness. This hypothesis is confirmed by the analysis and synthesis of a number of works of domestic and foreign researchers. The authors conclude that each stage of unevenness reflects a certain degree of fragmentation of the territory (or territories) by socio-economic indicators. Transition from one stage to another (from differentiation to asymmetry, from asymmetry to polarization) is caused by a combination of factors that reinforce differences in the direction specified. Taking into account the fact that uneven development of territories can lead to negative consequences affecting their socio-economic development, it should be noted that the government should play an important role in their elimination. The authors attempt to expand the existing notions of uneven socioeconomic development of the territory. Theoretical generalizations contained in the article can be used as materials for discussion in the scientific discourse. In addition, they may be of interest to the scientific and educational activities

Keywords

differentiation, asymmetry, unevenness of socio-economic development of the territory, polarization, disproportion

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