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 Geography of UK Government Finance: Tax, Spend and What Lies in between

The Geography of UK Government Finance: Tax, Spend and What Lies in between

The geography of UK government finance: Tax, spend and what lies in between


  • To discover how money is raised to fund spending and investment in the public sectors
  • To analyse how and where this money has been spent
  • To understand the political tensions and controversies that surround this subject

During the financial year 2008–9, United Kingdom government spending exceeded £600 billion; more than £10,000 for every person living in the country. If it were a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, government would have had a larger turnover than the 10 largest corporations combined. At the same time, over 5.7 million people, almost one-fifth of the UK labour force, worked for the government, as teachers, ...

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