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Gas, Oil and the Irish StateUnderstanding the Dynamics and Conflicts of Hydrocarbon Management$
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Amanda Slevin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992743

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992743.001.0001

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Back to the future? Towards a new model for Ireland

Back to the future? Towards a new model for Ireland

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(p.195) 11 Back to the future? Towards a new model for Ireland
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Gas, Oil and the Irish State
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Amanda Slevin

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784992743.003.0011

Summarising the book's contents, this chapter argues that Ireland's approach to the management of its gas and oil is fundamentally flawed and unless modified, will continue to cause difficulties in relation to the Corrib gas conflict and other areas which face potential hydrocarbon exploration and production. Although Irish state hydrocarbon management can be interpreted as an outcome of a state functioning within neoliberal capitalism, the state's approach has been moulded in particular ways by the specific factors outlined in chapter nine. Therefore, tangible elements of the state's approach can be altered in order to eradicate weaknesses and maximise advantages for citizens of Ireland as the owners of the gas and oil. This book concludes with a series of empirically grounded recommendations around how the Irish model can be transformed to ensure lasting benefits for Irish society. These novel and previously unpublished recommendations are organised by three main topics which are problematic: ownership, control and production of resources; issues within the State; public debate and research. By offering informed recommendations, I outline a blueprint for an alternative framework for Irish state hydrocarbon management thereby going beyond academic considerations to outlining a possible strategy for change.

Keywords:   Recommendations, Alternative framework, Ownership, control and production of resources, Issues within the State, Public debate Research

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