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The Economic Geography of the UK - Neil Coe

The Economic Geography of the UK

By: Neil Coe (Editor), Andrew Jones (Editor)

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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

`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, UK.

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.

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.

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
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
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
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

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
List of contributorsp. xi
Setting the Scene: Uneven Economic Geographiesp. 1
Introduction: the shifting geographies of the UK economy?p. 3
Persistent North-South dividesp. 12
Uneven regional growth: the geographies of boom and bust under New Labourp. 29
Landscapes of Power, Inequality and Financep. 47
The City and finance: changing landscapes of powerp. 49
Banking on financial servicesp. 61
The geography of UK government finance: tax, spend and what lies betweenp. 79
State and economy: governing uneven development in the UKp. 91
Housing and the UK economyp. 110
The geographical pension gap: understanding patterns of inequality in UK occupational pensionsp. 123
Landscapes of Production and Circulationp. 137
The changing geographies of manufacturing and work: made in the UK?p. 139
Business services: driving the knowledge-based economy in the UK?p. 153
Agricultural restructuring and changing food networks in the UKp. 166
The shifting geographies of UK retailingp. 181
UK energy dilemmas: energy security and climate changep. 196
Landscapes of Social Changep. 209
Restructuring UK labour markets: work and employment in the twenty-first centuryp. 211
New migrant divisions of labourp. 225
The UK economy and the transformation of East Central Europep. 239
Coda: the UK economy in an era of globalisationp. 253
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9781849200905
ISBN-10: 1849200904
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 24th August 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 17.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.48