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Hudson, R. (2020). The illegal, the illicit and new geographies of uneven development. Territory, Politics, Governance 8(2): 161-176.

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There have been significant changes in the geographies of uneven development and a considerable literature documenting these, at varying spatial scales. There is, however, a significant absence in the urban and regional development literature as to the significance of illegal activities in the economies of successful cities and regions. In response to this, this paper is focused around two sets of issues: first, the significance of illegality in the practices of the economies of ‘successful’ cities and regions in both Global North and South, with some attention to the illegal in marginalized places; and second, the relationship between state policies and illegality.