This paper investigates the policy context of spatial injustice in Greece. Given the polarized character of the economy and the centralized character of the public sector, the paper examines whether place-based policies that attempt to strengthen the local level and mobilize local assets would be better able to deliver a fair and equitable distribution of socially valued resources and opportunities in space. In this context, the paper presents and discusses the findings of four case studies and four policy-driven actions related to the design and implementation of a post-lignite local strategy, the establishment of a credible innovation strategy in a metropolitan area, the development of social economy in a lagging region and the upscaling of local government in a medium-sized city. The case studies investigate the conditioning factors that encourage or obstruct the local level to implement effective place-based policies that can contribute to spatial justice. On this basis, the paper evaluates the capability of the current policy and institutional setting to generate spatial justice and provides policy recommendations that will empower the local level in confronting socio-economic challenges and unbalanced spatial growth.
Petrakos G., Topaloglou E., Anagnostou A., and Cupcea V., (2021) Geographies of (in)justice and the (in)effectiveness of place-based policies in Greece, Discussion Paper Series, DPRD-U.Th. 27(1): 1-22