Journal Article

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

Kevin R. Cox

in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Published on behalf of Cambridge Political Economy Society

Volume 1, issue 3, pages 389-410
Published in print November 2008 | ISSN: 1752-1378
Published online August 2008 | e-ISSN: 1752-1386 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsn017
Globalization, uneven development and capital: reflections on reading Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat

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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.

Keywords: geographically uneven development; accumulation; the state; capitalism; historical geographical materialism; O18; O19; P10; P26

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Subjects: Capitalist Systems ; Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies ; Economic Development

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