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Title: States, ships, and secondary registers : examining sovereignty and standards in a globalized world
Author: Bernfeld, Jessica S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2751 014X
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis is an examination of the secondary register phenomenon. Also known as "second" or "international" registers, they exist alongside the national register of a particular flag state, but are subject to a different level of regulation. This study situates the development of secondary registers within ongoing debates about globalization and state sovereignty. It also develops a classification system for secondary registers based on whether they are controlled by a parent state or an autonomous offshore jurisdiction. This thesis compares the regulatory regimes and crewing costs on different secondary/national register pairs using port-state control data and seafarer nationality patterns. It also conducts an in-depth case study of the Isle of Man ship register to determine the processes by which it developed, as well as how it interacts with the UK and other state and non-state actors. The results of these investigations suggest that offshore is not necessarily synonymous with deregulation, that the national scale maintains its relevance and that there is a particular need to ground theoretical discussions in empirical analyses. This thesis further argues that Jessop's "competition state" possesses the greatest explanatory power with regard to the Isle of Man ship register, but that broader claims require further research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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