Towards and Industrial Policy For Scotland: a discussion of principles and approaches

Iain Cairns, Andrew Cumbers, Mike Danson, Pat Kane, Gordon Morgan, Robin McAlpine, Robert McMaster, Willie Sullivan, Geoff Whittam

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This report proposes a mutual, sectoral model of industrial development and rejects both ‘top down planning’ and ‘free market’ approaches.
Our approach is based on the recognition that the economy is not a force ‘external’ to society, governed by its own set of abstract rules or laws. The form an economy takes is inevitably the result of political decision-making.
Democracy must therefore extend to the economic sphere to ensure that the outcomes of these political decisions are aligned with the aspirations of the people.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2016


  • industrial policy
  • Scotland
  • industrial development

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