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Globalization, uneven development and capital: reflections on reading Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat

  • Kevin R. Cox
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    In his book 'The World Is Flat', Thomas Friedman postulates notions of 'flatness' that combine to suggest, on the one hand, tendencies towards an equalization of chances of economic development; and on the other, a displacement of vertical forms of organization by more horizontal ones, notably of states by markets. Drawing on historical geographical materialism, it is shown that geographically uneven development is a necessary outcome of the accumulation process; and equally, states are inevitably implicated in this outcome. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Cambridge Political Economy Society in its journal Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 389-410

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:cjrecs:v:1:y:2008:i:3:p:389-410
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