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.

Uneven Regional Growth: The Geographies of Boom and Bust under New Labour

Uneven Regional Growth: The Geographies of Boom and Bust under New Labour

Uneven regional growth: The geographies of boom and bust under new labour


  • To show how national economic growth is an inherently geographically uneven process
  • To illustrate this through an analysis of what New Labour called the ‘longest boom in Britain's history’
  • To show how the recession that followed, reckoned by many to be one of the worst of the post-war period, has also proved to be a highly uneven process geographically

Geography and the Economy

Explaining economic growth has long been the focus of intense debate within economics. Different theories emphasise different causal mechanisms and processes, and indeed reflect different underlying conceptions of what the economy is (or should be) and how it functions. For these reasons, different ...

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