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The Economic Geography of the UK

The Economic Geography of the UK

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August 2010 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
With the UK still facing the repercussions of the 2007 economic downturn, Coe and Jones' text is a timely, engaging discussion of the key issues facing the UK economy from a purely geographical perspective, written by some of the leading academics in the field.

With pedagogical features to facilitate learning, including further reading and chapter aims, the text explores the complex connections that constitute the UK economy including the city and finance, the uneven development of the UK, the UK economy's links to the European Union and its wider ties to the global economy.

Written for geography students studying modules on economic geography and the human geography of the UK, the text is a vibrantly written, easy-to-understand analysis of the current and future challenges that face the contemporary UK economy.

Includes a preface by Doreen Massey.

Doreen Massey
Part I: Setting the Scene: Uneven Economic Geographies
Neil M. Coe and Andrew Jones
Introduction: the shifting geographies of the UK economy?
Danny Dorling
Persistent North/South divides
Ron Martin
Uneven regional growth: the geographies of boom and bust under New Labour
Part II: Landscapes of Power, Inequality and Finance
John Allen
The City and finance: changing landscapes of power:
Shaun French, Karen Lai and Andrew Leyshon
Banking on financial services
Steve Musson
The geography of UK government finance: tax, spend and what lies between
Andy Pike and John Tomaney
State and economy: governing uneven development in the UK
Chris Hamnett
Housing and the UK economy
Kendra Strauss and Gordon Clark
The geographical pension gap: understanding patterns of inequality in UK occupational pensions
Part III: Landscapes of Production and Circulation
Ray Hudson
The changing geographies of manufacturing and work: Made in the UK?
James Faulconbridge
Business services: driving the knowledge-based economy in the UK?
Brian Ilbery and Damian Maye
Agricultural restructuring and changing food networks in the UK
Neil Wrigley
The shifting geographies of UK retailing
Michael Bradshaw
UK energy dilemmas: energy security and climate change
Part IV: Landscapes of Social Change
Kevin Ward
Restructuring UK labour markets: work and employment in the twenty-first century
Jane Wills, Cathy McIlwaine, Kavita Datta, Jon May, Joanna Herbert and Yara Evans
New migrant divisions of labour
Alison Stenning
The UK economy and the transformation of East Central Europe
Neil M. Coe and Andrew Jones
Coda: The UK Economy in an era of globalization

I have been looking for a new and innovative undergraduate text book which focuses on uneven geographies of the UK. I have been recommending Dorling's 2005 book The Human Geography of the UK (fab for data and great ideas for students exercises!) and also Human Geography of the UK: an introduction by Hadrill et al. However, both these books were getting rather dated and i was looking for a more up to date text. In addition, I was looking for a text which was a little more theoretically infomed while still being accessible to the first/second year undergraduate who struggle with heavy theory. I have found it! Perhaps a little too 'economic' for my course at the expensive of the social/cultural - but not a criticism of the book per se but expains why I adopted it as recommended rather than essential reading.

Dr Annie Hughes
School of Earth Science & Geography, Kingston University
February 11, 2012

This book gives a impressive and highly accessible insight into the (emerging) economic geography/ ies of the UK, and is highly appropriate for all levels of university teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Dr Richard White
Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University
December 23, 2010

Super up to date text.

I am requiring my students to read Chapter 12 as it gives such a useful overview of recent agricultural restructuring and changes in the UK food network.

I have also shown the text to colleagues who are going to recommend the text on their final year module in Economic Policy & Rural Development.

Mrs Susan Ragbourne
Rural Affairs & Environment, Harper Adams University College
November 15, 2010

This is a nice book that covers a wide range of issues relating to the UK economy. As such it will provide students on my course with details on the UK economy and how it has changed over the last few decades. It will provide a useful complementary text for courses with a 'global' focus; highly recommended as an introduction to British political economy.

Dr Kean Birch
School of Applied Social Sciences, Strathclyde University
November 12, 2010

A timely review and update of a number of important dimensions of the UK economy that will provide useful background reading for sudents taking clases in urban and economic geography

Professor Michael Pacione
Department of Geography and Sociology, Strathclyde University
September 22, 2010

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