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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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Gas, Oil and the Irish State

Amanda Slevin

Manchester University Press

Opening with a snapshot of the Corrib gas conflict, this chapter problematises the Irish state's management of its gas and oil and provides the rationale for this publication and associated research. Spanning the period from 1957 to 2014, this book utilises innovative and previously unpublished data to examine how and why the Irish state developed its particular approach to the management of its gas and oil. This chapter elucidates the book's multi-level (macro, meso and micro) focus and the breadth of topics under examination which incorporate matters simultaneously empirical and ideological, historical and current, extending beyond decision-making processes within the state system to their impacts on people's lives in communities. This chapter also outlines the data collection process and discusses the incorporation of perspectives from the range of stakeholders associated with Irish hydrocarbon management, including representatives from civil society, the state bureaucracy, politicians, oil industry, and experts with knowledge of hydrocarbon management in other countries. The chapter closes with an overview of the book's content.

Keywords:   Corrib gas conflict, Irish state hydrocarbon management, Multi-level focus, Diverse range of stakeholders, Mixed methods

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