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The 'regional problem' and the spatial grammar of British politics.

Amin, A. and Massey, D. and Thrift, N. (2003) 'The 'regional problem' and the spatial grammar of British politics.', Working Paper. Catalyst.


One of the most persistent characteristics of the geography of Britain is the wide inequality that exists between its constituent regions. It is an inequality which has come to be known as the North-South divide, but this is a gestural term that refers to a geography which has in fact varied in detail and in form over at least the last two centuries. In the present period, in spite of many stated intentions and much government rhetoric to the contrary, it has on many measures grown considerably worse. This pamphlet argues that it will continue to do so unless there is a more serious engagement with the power dynamics that underlie this fundamentally unequal and undemocratic geography: dynamics that continue to return London and the South East as the centre of the nation. In the absence of both a systematic attack on the spatial concentration of power, and a radical re-imagination of the nature of regions in an age of geographical connectivity and flow, the concessions on offer in the current debate on devolution and region-building will amount to little more than a pin-prick in tackling the alarming regional inequality and political centrism that currently exists in Britain.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information:This is a pre print version. The final article was published as Catalyst Paper 19 and was entitled: Decentering the Nation: a radical approach to regional inequality. It can be ordered from the address below.
Keywords:Regional inequality, Britain, Economy.
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
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Status:Not peer-reviewed
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Record Created:24 Apr 2008
Last Modified:20 Oct 2010 14:16

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