This text offers the first systematic and comprehensive overview of the economic geography of the UK for two decades. With contributions by many of the leading academics in the field, it offers a powerful case for exploring the UK economy from a geographical perspective.
- Investigates a single aspect of the UK economy within each chapter
- Covers topics including: the uneven development of the UK, the city and finance, government spending, pensions, housing, manufacturing, business services, agriculture, retailing, energy, immigration, and labor market change
- Demonstrates how the UK economy's fortunes are increasingly shaped by its links to the wider European and global economies
Written for students studying the economic development of the UK, the text offers a vibrant, easy-to-understand analysis of the current and future challenges that face the contemporary UK economy.
Part I: Setting the Scene: Uneven Economic Geographies
- Chapter 1: Introduction: The Shifting Geographies of the UK Economy?
- Chapter 2: Persistent North-South Divides
- Chapter 3: Uneven Regional Growth: The Geographies of Boom and Bust under New Labour
Part II: Landscapes of Power, Inequality and Finance
- Chapter 4: The City and Finance: Changing Landscapes of Power
- Chapter 5: Banking on Financial Services
- Chapter 6: The Geography of UK Government Finance: Tax, Spend and What Lies between
- Chapter 7: State and Economy: Governing Uneven Development in the UK
- Chapter 8: Housing and the UK Economy
- Chapter 9: The Geographical Pension Gap: Understanding Patterns of Inequality in UK Occupational Pensions
Part III: Landscapes of Production and Circulation
- Chapter 10: The Changing Geographies of Manufacturing and Work: Made in the UK?
- Chapter 11: Business Services: Driving the Knowledge-Based Economy in the UK?
- Chapter 12: Agricultural Restructuring and Changing Food Networks in the UK
- Chapter 13: The Shifting Geographies of UK Retailing
- Chapter 14: UK Energy Dilemmas: Energy Security and Climate Change
Part IV: Landscapes of Social Change