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The Economic Geography of the UK

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Coe and Jones' 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. The book:

Investigates a single aspect of the UK economy within each chapter

Covers topics including: the uneven development of the UK, the City and finance, ...

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Overview

Coe and Jones' 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. The book:

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 labour 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.

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That geography forms, rather than merely reflects, economies is by now widely recognized. But fully to understand that there are no such things as economies, only economic geographies, requires careful and theoretically sophisticated accounts. The contributions in this book offer such an understanding of the economic geographies of the UK and are thereby sensitive to the complex geographies through which economies take place. It is essential reading within and, even more, beyond Geography. The current crisis of economy and Economics demands no less
Roger Lee
Professor emeritus of geography, Queen Mary University of London

In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, The Economic Geography of the UK brings to the academy a highly-innovative, thought provoking and empirically-rich collection of essays that tracks the most significant socio-economic changes of the U.K.'s space economy over recent times. From re-visiting the geographical imaginations of the North-South divide to uncovering the City of London's financial economy within a UK and global context, to understanding new social landscapes of work, immigration and labour market change, both undergraduate and graduate students and researchers alike, from across the social sciences, will all be treated to one of the most authoritative and research-driven texts, which uncovers the geography of contemporary economic and social change in the UK. Neil Coe and Andrew Jones, and all contributing authors, must be commended on the highest quality of their incisive theoretical and empirical scholarship, which I would suggest must be an essential companion to anyone seeking knowledge and understanding of socio-economic change in the contemporary UK space economy
Jonathan V. Beaverstock
University of Nottingham

The most outstanding feature of the text is the statistical data and figues utilised by the authors to complement the written word...the figures could be used in the teaching of the geogrpahical concept of special change over time...I would recommend the text for those who are interested in pursuing research in the area of socioeconomic change or have an interest in the demography of the UK
Geographical Education

The book is written in an accessible form both organizationally and stylistically. Individual chapters, while offering the intellectual depth of an academic journal article, are careful to explain terminology and benefit from bulleted aims at the start of each contribution allowing readers to gain a quick grasp of its focus. Such thoughtful presentation eases undergraduate students into serious academic engagement and potentially provides a springboard for further exploration into the recommended reading at the end of each chapter...This book will most obviously be compulsory reading on under and postgraduate economic geography modules where it will encourage critical engagement and thinking. However, I believe that it could (and should) gain traction beyond its core discipline. Given the wide ranging multi-disciplinary nature of the themes discussed, it should also provide interest across the social sciences, notably for sociologists and throughout business and management studies.

Steve Wood
University of Southampton

The quality and usefulness of this book [make it] a core text in an undergraduate or indeed postgraduate module, or as evidence for research into the UK’s changing economic geography.

Oli Mould
University of Salford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849200905
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

List of contributors

PART I SETTING THE SCENE: UNEVEN ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHIES 1

1 Introduction: the shifting geographies of the UK economy? Andrew Jones Jones, Andrew 3

2 Persistent North-South divides Danny Dorling Dorling, Danny 12

3 Uneven regional growth: the geographies of boom and bust under New Labour Ron Martin Martin, Ron 29

PART II LANDSCAPES OF POWER, INEQUALITY AND FINANCE 47

4 The City and finance: changing landscapes of power John Allen Allen, John 49

5 Banking on financial services Andrew Leyshon Leyshon, Andrew 61

6 The geography of UK government finance: tax, spend and what lies between Steve Musson Musson, Steve 79

7 State and economy: governing uneven development in the UK John Tomaney Tomaney, John 91

8 Housing and the UK economy Chris Hamnett Hamnett, Chris 110

9 The geographical pension gap: understanding patterns of inequality in UK occupational pensions Gordon L. Clark Clark, Gordon L. 123

PART III LANDSCAPES OF PRODUCTION AND CIRCULATION 137

10 The changing geographies of manufacturing and work: made in the UK? Ray Hudson Hudson, Ray 139

11 Business services: driving the knowledge-based economy in the UK? James R. Faulconbridge Faulconbridge, James R. 153

12 Agricultural restructuring and changing food networks in the UK Damian Maye Maye, Damian 166

13 The shifting geographies of UK retailing Neil Wrigley Wrigley, Neil 181

14 UK energy dilemmas: energy security and climate change Michael J. Bradshaw Bradshaw, Michael J. 196

PART IV LANDSCAPES OF SOCIAL CHANGE 209

15 Restructuring UK labour markets: Work and employment in the twenty-first century Kevin Ward Ward, Kevin 211

16 New migrant divisions of labour Yara Evans Evans, Yara 225

17 The UK economy and the transformation of East Central Europe Alison Stenning Stenning, Alison 239

18 Coda: the UK economy in an era of globalisation Andrew Jones Jones, Andrew 253

Index 259

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