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S.C. Aveyard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096402

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096402.001.0001

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‘Positive direct rule’: economic policy

‘Positive direct rule’: economic policy

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(p.173) 8 ‘Positive direct rule’: economic policy
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S.C. Aveyard

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096402.003.0009

This chapter looks at economic policy in Northern Ireland in the context of severe economic difficulties experienced by the UK as a whole. It shows how the Labour government sought to shield Northern Ireland from economic realities because of the conflict, increasing public expenditure and desperately seeking industrial investment. The level of desperation in this endeavour is illustrated through examples such as Harland & Wolff’s shipyards and the DeLorean Motor Company. The experience of the 1970s, and particularly under the Labour government, set the pattern for the following decades with a steadily increasing subvention from the rest of the United Kingdom and a growing dependence on the public sector, all at a time when the opposite trend took place in Great Britain.

Keywords:   Positive direct rule, Economic policy, Industrial investment, Shipyards, DeLorean

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