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Plant closure and the local economy: The case of Swan Hunter on Tyneside

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Tomaney, Professor Andy Pike, James Cornford


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This paper seeks to describe and account for the closure of a Tyneside shipyard and to illuminate the wider issues concerning plant closure and the local economy. It begins by reviewing the relevant literature and suggests the need for a political economy of plant closure and its aftermath, informed by insights from economic sociology and institutional economics. The paper attempts to integrate an understanding of the political and economic context of the demise of the shipyard with a study of the labour market impact of its closure. The argument is that the complexities of the yard's closure and its local economic consequences can be better understood when the political and economic context of the sociological production and institutionally framed character of redundancy are revealed.

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Author(s): Tomaney J, Pike A, Cornford J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Regional Studies

Year: 1999

Volume: 33

Issue: 5

Pages: 401-411

Print publication date: 01/01/1999

ISSN (print): 0034-3404

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0591