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Title: The political economy of regional development : The Scottish Highlands and the Highlands and Islands Development Board
Author: Geddes, M. N.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3493 1821
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1984
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The thesis utilises the concepts of Marxist political economy, drawing especially on recent work on geographical uneven development and the capitalist state, to examine 'the regional question'. It focusses on a specific region, the Scottish Highlands, and on the role of a contemporary regional development agency, the Highlands and Islands Development Board. Part I of the thesis presents an account of the long-term historical evolution of the Scottish Highlands, drawing largely on secondary sources. The concept of articulation of modes of production is used to explain the historical marg inalisation of the Highlands. In a detailed analysis of the twentieth-century evolution of Highland economy and society, the central theme is the relation between capital, local society, and the state, showing how the Highlands has become a 'state-dominated region'. Drawing on this historical context, Part II of the thesis is concerned with one particular state agency, the HIDB. In this Part, the analysis rests on primary source mater ial: especially the information produced by the HIDB and other state agencies, but also the local press and interviews. A critique is developed of the conventional ideology of the state and of reg ional development, through an analysis which relates the form and functions of the HIDB to the processes of production and social reproduction under capitalism. In this context, a comprehensive evaluation is undertaken both of the structure of the HIDB, and of all the major aspects of HIDB policy, from the provision of financial assistance, and lts growth centre and land policies, to the development of community cooperatives. This enables the real nature, scope and limits of the regional development practice of the state to be indicated. The thesis concludes by outlining some of the implications of the analysis, in a brief discussion of the contemporary politics of Highland development.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political science