Planning the new industrial nation: Scotland 1931 to 1979

Jim Tomlinson, Ewan Gibbs

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Despite the continuing strength of Unionist politics in Scotland, from the inter-war economic crisis onwards, there slowly emerged distinctive understanding of a Scottish industrial economy. Aided by administrative devolution, and from the 1940s by a UK-wide turn towards economic planning, a project aimed at a planned modernisation of Scottish industry gained increasing traction. This article focuses on the activities of the technocratic elements of the Scottish elite, the civil servants and academic economists who played a key role in conceptualising and quantifying the Scottish economy, and making and applying policy to develop the Scottish industrial nation between the 1930s and 1970s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-606
Number of pages23
JournalContemporary British History
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Scotland
  • industry
  • planning
  • national economy


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