by Duncan Maclennan, David Waite and Anton Muscatelli

Key Facts 

  • Glasgow, as when Cairncross was writing, is still the largest city in Scotland by population.

  • Scotland's cities have experienced mixed fortunes from the middle of the twentieth century.

  • Challenges in addressing legacies of de-industrialisation - and the issues of concentrated poverty and deprivation linked to this - shaped policy concern for cities, initially.

  • Now with a greater focus on growth, an ability to generate and maintain a base of high-value service activities is a core challenge for urban economic development.

  • The Scottish Cities Alliance was established in 2011 and City Deal mechanisms - involving HM Government and the Scottish Government - now reflect the key mechanism for shaping policies and investments for cities.

  • Progress on cities and city policy has been fitful, yet a new metropolitan vogue in policymaking is supporting a concerted focus at present.

For the full chapter, please see: Maclennan, D., Waite, D. & Muscatelli, A. (2017) Cities in the Scottish Economy: Patterns, Policies and Potentials. In Gibb, K., Maclennan, D., McNulty, K., & Comerford, M. (eds) Scottish Economy - A Living Book. London: Routledge. Available via this link.


Table 7.1: Economic Indicators for Major Cities in Scotland
- All data comes from the Centre for Cities datatool Accessed 30/6/2017