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‘Legislating for economic development: Irish fisheries as a case study in the limitations of ‘Improvement’

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Sneddon, Andrew (2010) ‘Legislating for economic development: Irish fisheries as a case study in the limitations of ‘Improvement’. In: The Eighteenth-Century Composite State: Representative Institutions in Ireland and Europe, 1689-1800. (Eds: Hayton, David, Kelly, James and Bergin, John), Palgrave Macmillan, 136-159. ISBN 9780230231597 [Book section]

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This article explores the limits of the culture of improvement in eighteenth-century Ireland, through the first case study of Irish fishery legislation. It suggests that the many laws and bills dedicated to 'improving' the Irish fishing industry were in fact protectionist and self-serving in orientation, up until at least the very late eighteenth-century. It also argues that the backers of this legislation used the cult that had built up around the idea of improvement in order to lend their schemes moral legitimacy, which they were able to do because it was by its very nature a protean concept.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Irish Parliament, Legislation, Improvement, Economic development, eighteenth century, fisheries, fishing,
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
ID Code:16103
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Sneddon
Deposited On:11 Nov 2010 10:18
Last Modified:11 Nov 2010 10:18

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