"Chucking buns across the fence?" Government-sponsored industry development in the Scottish Highlands, 1945-1982

MacKenzie, N. (2006) "Chucking buns across the fence?" Government-sponsored industry development in the Scottish Highlands, 1945-1982. Business and Economic History On-line, 4,

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This paper addresses government economic planning and intervention during the period 1945-1982 in Scottish economic history. It focuses specifically on four large-scale industrial projects commissioned and supported by the U.K. government at Dounreay, Corpach, Aviemore, and Invergordon in the Highlands of Scotland that were aimed at diversifying the country’s industry and regenerating the area. Although these developments were promoted as the solution to longstanding economic and social problems in the Highlands, they failed to address them adequately. Mackenzie argues that the industrial projects were not about Highland development per se, but were more concerned with contributing to a quick fix solution to national economic concerns, resulting in their eventual failure.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Paper presented at the BHC Annual Meeting, 8th-10th June 2006, University of Toronto and also at the 10th Annual Conference of the European Business History Association, 17th-19th August 2006, Copenhagen Business School.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackenzie, Professor Niall
Authors: MacKenzie, N.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Business and Economic History On-line
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