The UK 'geography of discontent': Narratives, Brexit and inter-regional 'levelling up'

Philip McCann, Raquel Ortega-Argilés

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This paper explains the background to the notion of the 'geography of discontent' in the context of UK interregional inequalities and political shocks. The paper then examines how the geography of discontent has bound conflicting political and economic narratives together in ways, which makes the correcting for these regional imbalances all the more difficult, and results in ambiguity and a lack of clarity regarding the nature and form which Levelling Up processes should take.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-564
Number of pages20
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Issue number3
Early online date8 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • 'Levelling Up'
  • Brexit
  • discontent
  • geography
  • narratives


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