The Scottish Economy

The Scottish Economy : A Living Book

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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 - www.scottisheconomy.scot. 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 25.4mm | 281g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 77 Line drawings, black and white; 33 Tables, black and white; 77 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138960918
  • 9781138960916

Table of contents

Contents





List of Figures and Tables


About the Authors





Foreword


Frances Carincross





Acknowledgements





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





Afterword


Laurence Hunter





Index
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About Des McNulty

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.
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