Towards an industrial policy for Scotland: A discussion of principles and approaches (2016)


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. 

Authored by Iain Cairns, Prof Andrew Cumbers, Prof Mike Danson, Prof Iain Docherty, Pat Kane, Gordon Morgan, Robin McAlpine, Prof Robert McMaster, Willie Sullivan, and Prof Geoffrey Whittam