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1st Edition

The Scottish Economy
A Living Book

ISBN 9781315660097
Published July 6, 2017 by Routledge
372 Pages 77 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Scottish economy is at the heart of contemporary constitutional and public policy debates. This substantial new edited collection, the first comprehensive and authoritative analysis for more than 60 years, is a timely update on the classic volume of the same name edited by Sir Alec Cairncross in 1954. It is data rich, and offers links to updatable data and leading indicators of the Scottish economy including measures of public finances, distributional evidence and growth.

Readers will find a series of easy to follow chapters covering the Scottish economy from every angle – oil and gas, health, education, finance, rural Scotland, inequality, climate change, gender and work, housing, infrastructure and cities. Each sector-based chapter explores the main issues, draws out key empirical facts and considers policy challenges that lie ahead. This book includes: an historical account of the development of the Scottish economy; the trajectory of economic policy in Scotland; reviews of the current fiscal position and the wider economic landscape; and also an intriguing insight into the emerging distinctive approach to Scottish public policy.

This book brings together evidence and high quality research by experts on the Scottish economy in a politically neutral, accessible and non-technical way. The volume will assist readers in navigating their way through the many political debates about constitutional and economic futures that are underway in modern Scotland and the UK.


A website also exists to accompany The Scottish Economy - In today's inter-connected world, it makes sense to have a book on the Scottish economy supplemented by online access to important data, information and evidence as a means of  keeping material current.

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables

About the Authors


Frances Carincross


Chapter 1 The Scottish Economy: Background and Context

Ken Gibb, Des McNulty, Duncan Maclennan, Michael Comerford

Chapter 2 Key Historical Trends in the Scottish Economy

Jim Tomlinson

Chapter 3 The Contemporary Landscape of the Scottish Economy

David Bell

Chapter 4 Fiscal Matters

John McLaren

Chapter 5 The Changing Scottish Population

Robert E. Wright

Chapter 6 Economic Policy Performance

Stephen Boyle

Chapter 7 Cities in the Scottish Economy: Patterns, Policies and Potentials

Duncan Maclennan, David Waite, Anton Muscatelli

Chapter 8 The Oil and Gas Sector

Jo Armstrong, John Maclaren

Chapter 9 Energy and Climate Change: Challenges and Policies

Grant Allan, Peter G. McGregor

Chapter 10 Changing Role of Women in the Scottish Economy

Jim Campbell, Emily Thomson

Chapter 11 Securing a Low Carbon and Circular Economy for Scotland

Dan Barlow

Chapter 12 The Education Sector in Scotland

Kristinn Hermannsson

Chapter 13 Inequality and Poverty in Scotland

Nick Bailey, Des McNulty

Chapter 14 Housing

Kenneth Gibb, Anthony O’Sullivan, Duncan Maclennan

Chapter 15 The Economy, Health and Well-being

Neil Craig, Cam Donaldson, Marissa Collins, Farouk Saeed

Chapter 16 The Scottish Financial Sector

Edward Trevillion

Chapter 17 Infrastructure and the Scottish Economy

Duncan Maclennan, Iain Docherty

Chapter 18 Local Government Finance

Kenneth Gibb, Linda Christie

Chapter 19 Scotland’s Rural Economies

Mark Shucksmith, Jane Atterton

Chapter 20 Government in Scotland

Sir John Elvidge


Laurence Hunter


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Kenneth Gibb is Professor of Housing Economics and the Director of Policy Scotland, both at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE is Professor in Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and leads Policy Scotland’s work on cities. He is also Professor in the School of Management at St. Andrew’s University, UK.

Des McNulty is Deputy Director of Policy Scotland and Dean, Public Policy and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Michael Comerford, formerly of the University of Glasgow Urban Big Data Centre, now works as a data scientist for Agile Solutions, a Glasgow based information management consultancy, UK.