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Plant Closure and the Local Economy: The Case of Swan Hunter on Tyneside


  • John Tomaney
  • Andy Pike
  • James Cornford


TOMANEY J., PIKE A. and CORNFORD J. (1999) Plant closure and the local economy: the case of Swan Hunter on Tyneside, Reg. Studies 33, 401-411. 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. TOMANEY J., PIKE A. et CORNFORD J. (1999) La fermeture d'usine et l'economie locale: etude de cas de Swan Hunter dans la region de Tyneside, Reg. Studies 33, 401-411. Cet article cherche a presenter et a expliquer la fermeture d'un chantier naval situe dans la region de Tyneside et a eclaircir les questions plus importantes concernant la fermeture d'usine et l'economie locale. Pour commencer, on fait la critique de la documentation pertinente et on indique qu'il faut une economie politique relative a la fermeture d'usine et a ses consequences, informee des idees venant de la sociologie economique et de l'institutionnalisme. De plus, cet article cherche a integrer une comprehension du contexte politico-economique du declin du chantier a une etude des consequences de la fermeture sur le marche du travail. On soutient que l'on peut mieux comprendre les complexites de la fermeture du chantier et ses consequences economiques locales au moment ou le contexte politico-economique de la production sociologique et les caracteristiques du licenciement, elabores sur le plan institutionnel, se voient devoiler. TOMANEY J., PIKE A. und CORNFORD J. (1999) Werksschliessung und ortliche Wirtschaft: der Fall Swan Hunter in Tyneside, Reg. Studies 33, 401-411. Dieser Aufsatz sucht die Schliessung einer Schiffswerft in Tyneside zu beschreiben und zu erklaren, und die weitreichenden, mit Werksschliessung und Wirtschaftslage des Ortes verknupften Fragen zu erhellen. Es wird zunachst die diesbezu ¨gliche Literatur besprochen, und nahe gelegt, dass Bedarf an einer Volkswirtschaft der Werksschliessungen und ihrer Auswirkungen besteht, die sich an Einsichten der Wirtschaftssoziologie und institutionellen Okonomie orientiert. Der Aufsatz versucht, Verstandnis des politischen und wirtschaftlichen Zusammenhangs des Untergangs der Schiffswerft mit einer Studie der Auswirkung dieser Schliessung auf den Arbeitsmarkt zu verbinden. Es wird die Ansicht vertreten, dass die Komplexitat der Werftschliessung und ihre wirtschaftlichen Folgen besser verstanden werden konnen, wenn der politische und wirtschaftliche Zusammenhang der soziologischen Produktion sowie der institutionalle Rahmen der Arbeitslosigkeit ans Licht kommen.

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  • John Tomaney & Andy Pike & James Cornford, 1999. "Plant Closure and the Local Economy: The Case of Swan Hunter on Tyneside," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(5), pages 401-411.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:33:y:1999:i:5:p:401-411
    DOI: 10.1080/00343409950081257

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