The Political Economy of Northern Regional Development

Vol. I

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“...Taking the structure and functioning of the Arctic regional economies and the degree of economic dependence as a point of departure, these region’s self-reliance and comparative socio-economic performance is analyzed. The fundamental problem is still the dependency Arctic regions have on their mother economies in the south” “...the impact from climate changes and the global economy strongly influence the self-sufficiency constraints and potentials of the Arctic societies. Traditional approaches to economic valuation may not be sufficient to capture these relationships. Neo-classical economics and the trade off model look upon nature as a good commensurable with all other goods, and henceforward there is a substitution possibility. The rational self-interest and ‘homo economicus’ is however, not the same as responsible self-interest included in ecological economics. This suggests broader approaches to environmental uncertainties, which take into account ethical values and conflicts of interest”. Contributors: Hans Aage, Iulie Aslaksen, Andrée Caron, Gérard Duhaime, Solveig Glomsröd, Jón Haukur Ingimundarson, Ivar Jonsson, Jack Kruse, Joan Nymand Larsen, Svein Mathiesen, Anna Ingeborg Myhr, Birger Poppel, Rasmus Ole Rasmussen, Erik Reinert, Hugo Reinert, Chris Southcott, Gorm Winther, Lyudmila Zalkind.



A partial reform of the uniform price system and the consequences on households in Greenland settlements

The main purpose with this article is to use critical analysis to elucidate problems related to the 2004 and 2005 proposal, and adoption of a reform of the price system on utilities in Greenland. The uniform price system had until 2001 existed all over in Greenland since the days of Danish colonialism. The system continued to exist throughout the post-colonial development stage, where since 1979 administration of most of Greenland’s affairs was done through the Home Rule government. The drafts and data related to them, allow us to do calculations on the consequences to household incomes and migration. It is not a secret any more, that political and administrative decision-makers in Nuuk have adopted the same policy on migration as the Danes did back in the sixties, when trying to enforce a speedy exodus of labor from the settlements and smaller towns into the larger towns. The second phase of reforms deals with the pricing of utilities (electricity, heating and water).


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