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date: 20 January 2020

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Increasing income inequality and the rescaling of the state have shaped the rise of various strategies to achieve more equitable and inclusive local and regional growth. The two basic approaches to growth with equity are increasing regional economic growth and then redistributing the benefits, or reducing inequality directly by providing a safety net and/or building new capabilities, in the hopes of spurring growth. The first approach finds its theoretical underpinnings in regional economic development, while the second grows more from local and community economic development. Both strategies have proven challenging to implement in practice. With inequality likely to increase, regions will need to continue developing inclusive growth strategies. Understanding how to develop intentional strategies for inclusive growth is an important area for comparative research by economic geographers.

Keywords: inequality, regional economic development, just growth, inclusion, community economic development

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