The Role of Politics in Regional Inequality: The Israeli Case

Yehuda Gradus

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Most studies of spatial disparities deal with conventional measurable socioeconomic variables. Political aspects have been neglected in explaining regional inequalities. The purpose of the present Israeli case study is to demonstrate empirically that a prerequisite for effective studies of regional inequality is a clear understanding of the political structure. Israel, with its highly centralized unitary political system, tried to execute a national policy of balanced regional development but failed to realize that spatial integration is a process of diffusing political powers as well as allocating socioeconomic resources. It is argued that if tensions caused by spatial disparities are to be reduced, a new political organization must develop out of a synthesis between the old nonspatial, functional organization of politics and the new desire of a post-statehood generation for more participation on a territorial basis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-403
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1983


  • Israel
  • core-periphery
  • decentralization
  • development geography
  • ethnicity
  • political geography
  • regional development
  • regional inequality
  • regional representation
  • territorial politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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