My academic work has used, and sought to develop, Marxist spatial political economy. It is politically and morally partisan, for socialism. I have published in the following fields:-
- Local and regional political-economic governance in contemporary developed countries
- Industrial geography, labour processes and industrial relations
- The present era of global capitalism, and the nature of neoliberalism
- Poverty, disadvantage, and social exclusion
- Marxist geographical theory.
My main arguments in each of these fields, and the relevant publications, are described below.
There are, of course, considerable overlaps between these fields.
- I have contributed to debates on the nature of the present era of capitalist development and its forms of spatial governance. This work has proceeded from a close engagement with, and critique of, the two dominant approaches to this subject within geography and economics since the 1980
- Most of my work has been concerned with inequality of power and resources, along lines of class, gender, ‘race’ and sexuality. Local economic policies (field 2 above) are strongly, though not exclusively, focused on poor areas, and my work in this field has been correspondingly concerned with poverty.
- All my work has argued for the importance of space (territory, distance, scale) in the construction of the social world. It has also argued that this spatial-social world is best understood in terms of social relations as conceived by Marxism.
- This has been the centre of my intellectual contribution in the last twenty years. Much of this work has been done in collaboration with Aram Eisenschitz. It encompasses work on local and regional economies, the nexus of local economy and social life, and the role of levels of the state and ‘partnership’ organisations; on this basis it attempts to understand localities as wholes.
- Economic and industrial geography of the last thirty years has had little interest in the organisation of work (‘the labour process’) and management-employee relations within workplaces.