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.

Restructuring UK Labour Markets: Work and Employment in the Twenty-First Century

Restructuring UK Labour Markets: Work and Employment in the Twenty-First Century

Restructuring UK labour markets: Work and employment in the twenty-first century


  • To introduce the notion of labour as a unique form of commodity, and to stress the importance of geography in the constitution of labour markets
  • To outline the main contours of the UK labour market's transformation over the last three decades
  • To use the growth of the temporary staffing industry as an example of how the UK labour market has become more ‘flexible’

My father left school at 15. This was not uncommon for young working-class men. In the early 1960s there were a number of employment options for this social group, particularly in the booming and ‘swinging’ south-east of England. He chose plumbing. While many of ...

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