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Ethnic and Spatial Inequalities (Draft)



Inequalities and poverty are complex and multi-dimensional, with causes and indicators including access to education, availability and standards of healthcare, opportunities for employment, accessibility of power structures, income levels and quality of infrastructure. As levels of inequality continue to grow around the world, variations in these dimensions of poverty are increasingly linked to its ethnic and spatial features.

This paper focuses on ethnic and spatial inequalities arising from endeavours to generate growth, promote development, reduce poverty and ensure adequate welfare provisions for citizens. It explores the impact and efficacy of different policy instruments and development strategies adopted to redress ethnic and spatial inequalities in multi-ethnic countries. The themes of regime type and policy planning and implementation frame the analysis here.