Lessons from the Political Economy of Small Islands

The Resourcefulness of Jurisdiction

  • Godfrey Baldacchino
  • David Milne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Godfrey Baldacchino, David Milne
      Pages 1-13
  3. Small Islands in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
  4. Constitutionalism as a Resource: Island Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Bjarne Lindström
      Pages 107-120
    3. Árni Olafsson
      Pages 121-140
    4. Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson
      Pages 141-155
  5. Organizing for Business and Economic Development: Sectoral Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Robert Greenwood, Sean McCarthy
      Pages 172-192
    3. Mark Shrimpton, Craig Pollett
      Pages 193-213
    4. Thomas G. Baum, Laura Hagen-Grant, Lee Jolliffe, Sheldon Lambert, Bjorn Sigurjonsson
      Pages 214-229
  6. Conclusion

    1. Godfrey Badacchino, David Milne
      Pages 230-241
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 242-267

About this book


Small islands often enjoy a distinct juridical personality. Many, whether fully sovereign or not, successfully deploy this "gift of jurisdiction" to economic advantage, offsetting the potentially adverse effects of smallness, isolation and peripherality. These legal powers, reflected in supportive policy and culture, are themselves key economic resources in a development strategy. Globalization can be richly asymmetrical, offering lucrative opportunities for differentiation and nice strategies for small island jurisdictions. This book documents such lessons from a most unlikely group of North Atlantic Islands.

Editors and affiliations

  • Godfrey Baldacchino
    • 1
  • David Milne
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MaltaMalta
  2. 2.University of Prince Edward IslandCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-62867-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-62865-0
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