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Defining Geographical Marginality through Contexts and Methodologies Marginality in East Germany – a Case Study

By Gerd Hachmöller


The reunification of 1990 changed the patterns of geographical marginality in Germany. While some regions along the former Iron Curtain have become somewhat more central, regions along the German-Polish border have become even more peripheral. The focus of this paper is to shed more light on the causes for lagging economic performance in remote East German regions, using the county Uecker-Randow as a case study. The county Ludwigslust, located in the same federal state, but in a more favourable geographic location, is used as a reference. The results of the study are derived from statistical analysis, expert interviews and business surveys in the course of the EU project ‘DORA ’ (=Dynamics of Rural Areas). Contrary to other case study regions of the project, the results for Uecker-Randow suggest that here the geographic location and related deficits of transport infrastructure have in fact been the most decisive explanatory factor for economic decline in the post Socialist period. Additionally, the region has suffered from the unfavourable economic structure it inherited from Socialist modes of production

Year: 2011
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