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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

The Changing Geographies of Manufacturing and Work: Made in the UK?

The Changing Geographies of Manufacturing and Work: Made in the UK?

The changing geographies of manufacturing and work: Made in the UK?


  • To profile the changing role of manufacturing activity within the UK economy
  • To evaluate the UK's evolving position within international divisions of labour
  • To demonstrate the inability of state strategies to reverse the decline of manufacturing
  • To explore the connections between industrial restructuring and uneven development

I wrote this in 2009, in the context of an unprecedented meltdown of the UK economy, in the midst of the deepest recession for 60 years, as a deep and persistent crisis in the financial and banking sector has spread to manufacturing and the ‘real economy’ of manufacturing and material production (see Figure 10.1). As a result, Marx’ evocative phrase that ‘all ...

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