Spatial inequalities and policies in South Africa: Place-based or people-centred?

There is a renewed battle of ideas about the best way to tackle spatial inequalities within nations and regions (Barca, 2009; McCann, 2016; OECD, 2009; World Bank, 2009). The contest between different approaches has been spurred by heightened competition for investment in a context of economic volatility and geopolitical uncertainty. A popular backlash against globalisation in many lagging regions has added to the pressure for new solutions to uneven development, reflected in international commitments to ‘leave no-one behind’ in the Sustainable Development Goals and other agreements.

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