Puebla 2016 // Causes and consequences of medium and long term territorial inequalities in a European context, with a focus on rural regions

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In this paper I argue that territorial disparities are mainly the consequence of structural and institutional conditions established a long time in the past, sometimes centuries ago. I further argue that because policies aimed at redressing territorial inequalities only address a very narrow range of (usually narrowly economic) variables, and do so in the same general way across large and diverse social, economic and geographical conditions, they largely fail to reach their goals.