“Most Rural” space — a regional-demographic justification for a spatial category


  • Wolfgang Weiß Geographisches Institut, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße 16, 17489, Greifswald






Funding provided under theAufbau Ost («Rebuilding the East») programme and other forms of financial transfer to theLänder (federal states) of eastern Germany have up to now been at their least effective in the area to the east of the River Elbe. Indeed, many of the instruments of both regional structure policy and economic development policy which have repeatedly proved their worth in the rural areas of the former West Germany have failed in the north-east. This area seems to be something of a bottomless pit. From a regional-demographic perspective, this region has to be clearly distinguished from more “ordinary” rural space, and assigned to a distinct new category to be termed “most rural space”.



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Weiß, Wolfgang (Hrsg.) (1996): Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Brücke zum Norden und Tor zum Osten. 1. Aufl. = Perthes Länderprofile: Geographische Strukturen, Entwicklungen, Probleme. Gotha

Weiß, Wolfgang; Brunner, Dieter; Hilbig, Antje; Müller, Bernhard: Das Zentrale-Orte-System in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Überlegungen zur Weiterentwicklung unter besonderer Beachtung der Erfahrungen mit dem bestehenden System. Grundlagenstudie und Zwischenbericht. Projekt im Auftrage des Ministeriums für Bau, Landesentwicklung und Umwelt in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, populus et regio, Kreutzmannshagen, Greifswald 1997/98. (unveröff.)

Weiß, Wolfgang; Hilbig, Antje (1998): Selektivität von Migrationsprozessen am Beispiel Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In: Informationen zur Raumentwicklung, H. 11, 12, S. 793–802




How to Cite

Weiß, W. . (2002) “‘Most Rural’ space — a regional-demographic justification for a spatial category”, Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. DE, 60(3-4), pp. 248–254. doi: 10.1007/BF03183058.



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