Date of Award


First Advisor

Stuart Levine

Second Advisor

Daniel Neilson

Third Advisor

Chris Coggins


The goal of this thesis is to refocus attention on inter-regional differences that are often times concealed under the guise of national growth or development. Using northern Ghana as a primary and western China as a secondary model, this paper examines deep inter-regional development disparities in the two societies through multiple political atmospheres. This examination is done through a political-economic lens, specifically looking at government policies that have either created or exacerbated the regional inequalities over a long period of time.