From Fishing to Finance: Development Policy on the Isle of Man

Ian Taylor, Professor in International Relations and African Politics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

From Fishing to FinanceIn this seminar we will discuss the historical trajectory of Ellan Vannin (Isle of Man) and its relationship(s) with past rulers: Norway, Scotland and the Lords of Mann. We will seek to capture the dynamics that led from a neglected and poor fishing and tourist-based economy to one that is amongst the wealthiest in the world. We will discuss the island’s status as a Crown Dependency but one that is not part of the United Kingdom, nor the European Union.

Reading material:

1) S. Corkill Cob ‘Global Finance and the Growth of Offshore Financial Centers: The Manx Experience’, Geoforum, vol. 29, no. I, 1998.

2) Stephen Harrison ‘Culture, Tourism and Local Community: The Heritage Identity of the Isle of Man’, Journal of Brand Management, vol. 9, issue 4/5, 2002.

3) Mark Hampton and John Christensen ‘Offshore Pariahs? Small Island Economies, Tax Havens, and the Re-configuration of Global Finance’, World Development, vol. 30, no. 9, 2002.