Abstract: Chucking Buns across the Fence? Government-Sponsored Industry Development in the Scottish Highlands, 1945-1982

Niall G. MacKenzie


In this paper, I address government economic planning and intervention during the period 1945-1982 in Scottish economic history. I focus 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. I argue 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.

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