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.

Persistent North-South Divides

Persistent North-South Divides

Persistent North-South divides


  • To describe the extent of the social, economic and political North-South divide to the human geography of Britain as of 2008
  • To give some early indications as to how the divide appeared to be sharpening with the advent of the economic crash of 2007–9
  • To suggest that we now know enough to be less vague about defining the North-South divide
  • To focus on the English North-South divide because it is worth telling longer and separate stories for the other countries of the Isles

In this chapter I assess the current extent of the North-South divide in England and recent trends in the divided human geography of the country. I will argue that the North-South divide has grown in importance since the early 1970s. England, ...

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