Treasure Island Revisited. Jersey’s Offshore Finance Centre Crisis: implications for other Small Island Economies.

Hampton, M.P. and Christensen, J. (1999) Treasure Island Revisited. Jersey’s Offshore Finance Centre Crisis: implications for other Small Island Economies. Environment and Planning A, 31 (9). pp. 1619-1637. ISSN 0308-518X . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Jersey appears to be a successful offshore finance centre (OFC) with high levels of gross domestic product per capita. The OFC is the largest contributor to Jersey's tax revenue, and accounts for about 20% of local employment. Jersey has become a major OFC in a global industry and is a conduit for sizeable capital flows. However, an unparalleled crisis in 1996 generated international media interest. The crisis involved three separate but related issues: a US $26 million fraud; the fasttracking of Limited Liability Partnership legislation through the island's parliament; and a political crisis resulting in the unprecedented expulsion of an outspoken Senator from the parliament. The anatomy of this crisis reveals several causes of concern for other OFC hosts, especially regulatory failure and the overlap of interests between the local political elite and those of international financial capital. We examine the changing international perceptions of 'offshore', question the need for bank secrecy, and consider Jersey's role as legitimiser for other OFCs. In addition, we discuss lessons for other OFC hosts, including the need for efficient regulation, the impacts of OFCs in small economies; and demonstrate that the costs of hosting an OFC are now significantly higher than was first realised.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Mark Hampton
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2009 11:49
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 09:47
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23050 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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