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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.

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Introduction to the Project and The First Volume of The Political Economy of Northern Regional Development (POENOR)

The purpose of the POENOR project (Political Economy of Northern Regional Development) is to carry out research on sustainable development and Arctic economies. POENOR was established owing to the initiative of the Arctic Council on Arctic human development and owing to the working group on sustainable development and Arctic economies under the International Conference on Arctic research Planning II (ICARP II) in Copenhagen in 2005 and in Potsdam in 2006. After two years of work the final research plan was forwarded to sponsors in 2007 and 2008. In 2005, the international consortium (IPY ID: 227) on the Political Economy of Northern Regional Development was endorsed by the Joint Committee for the International Polar Year and received financial support from the Commission for Scientific Research in Greenland, the Nordic council of Ministers (NCM) Arctic Cooperation Program, The Greenland Home Rule Research Unit and the Obel Family Foundation. The planning for the IPY consortium 227 was established during a workshop in Ilulissat in 2005 that was financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The three-day workshop assembled researchers, who through forming a workgroup, agreed to endeavor on a project on comparative development in all Arctic regional Economies. The international consortium consists of 28 participants, and it embraces philosophical, social, geographical, sociological, statistical and economic disciplines. The consortium has participants from all countries with Arctic regions except Sweden and Finland. As part of the funding conditions, the consortium will cooperate with the Arctic Social Indicators project (ASI) – another IPY project financed by the NCM in 2007. The POENOR consortium met at an inaugural workshop at the Klitgården in Skagen, Denmark in 2007, and this book is an anthology of the papers presented by POENOR participants. In November 2008, the second annual workshop took place in Aku reyri in Iceland. As a result of both workshops– yearbooks this one being the first – will be published in 2010.

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