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.

State and Economy: Governing Uneven Development in the UK

State and Economy: Governing Uneven Development in the UK

State and economy: Governing uneven development in the UK
AndyPike and JohnTomaney


  • To establish the relations between state and economy as central to understanding how geographically uneven development is governed
  • To demonstrate how the spatial disparities in economic and social conditions inherent in capitalist economies reproduce intractable problems for states in governing their territories
  • To show how the UK state has unleashed devolution and new forms of spatial economic policy in its recent attempts to manage the geographical tensions generated by uneven development

In 1999, during a period of relatively strong economic growth, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Manchester as he sought to dispel stereotypical views of the North-South divide in economic and social conditions in the UK. The ...

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