by Duncan Maclennan, David Waite and Anton Muscatelli
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