chapter  17
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Scotland: Cutting It: Creating Space for the Knowledge Intensive Economy

ByClaire Seaman, Stuart Graham

In the context of poverty reduction, the case study presented here may at first sight seem atypical. The region considered is set within a peri-urban area of Scotland with good transport links and lying close to a number of universities (Scottish Government, 2010). The economy is primarily focused on agriculture and 95 percent of firms in the area have less than 55 employees. Whilst smaller centers of the population are relativ ely numerous, the area lacks significant new employment and the substantial decline in the Scottish manufacturing industry has not encouraged economic growth.