Department of Business and Financial Services, LIT- MA by Research - An analysis of the impact of paternalistic laws on the convenience retail sector

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    Limerick Institute of Technology


This research will be conducted under a proposed cluster that straddles

the interface of business and law and considers the implications of

regulatory desires and requirements (driven by societal demands) in a

very practical and highly relevant way – in particular the implications for

the commercial sector.

In respect of this research proposal: Paternalistic laws may be considered

as those that restrict an individual’s freedom of choice but which are

adopted from the greater good argument perspective. In this particular

instance legal research will be applied through a business case lens to

consider the practical implications for business and the impact of

regulation (for example in areas of social concern such as restrictions on

the sale of alcohol and display of tobacco products) upon the convenience

retail sector in the mid-west region. This will allow for meaningful insights

in the boundaries of law and the impact of legal rules upon both the

business sector and business development.

Scholarship Conditions

Funded by the Graduate Research Office – Postgraduate Fees for a period

up to two years full-time and a stipend

Requirements of Candidate

Level 8 Honours Degree in an appropriate field of study is essential

(Grade 1:1 degree preferable, applications considered with a Grade 2:2 or

higher with relevant experience),

  • Experience of advanced research and relevant work experience is

  • desirable

  • Commitment to a 24-month programme of study and research full-time

  • Self-motivated with an ability to be self-directed in much of their own

  • work

  • Able to plan work over longer periods and have strong writing and

   analytical skills

  • Interest in pursuing a career in academia and/or research

  •  Interest in pursuing postgraduate studies in areas related to Law

/Business /Marketing /Accounting.



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