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.

Business Services: Driving the Knowledge-Based Economy in the UK?

Business services: Driving the knowledge-based economy in the UK?
James R.Faulconbridge


  • To provide an overview of the nature and role of business services in the UK economy
  • To examine the causes and effects of the uneven geographies of business service work in the UK
  • To consider the current and future challenges facing UK business services

The role of business services in the UK has been researched and debated by geographers since the early 1980s in the context of wider transformations in the UK's economy. At first, these debates focussed on the rapid growth in employment in services in the UK in the 1980s (see Figure 11.1). In particular, between 1981 and 1987 employment in business services doubled in the UK in ...

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