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.



Theoretical foundation for the study of Arctic development models

I will never forget the fish, the hundreds of iridescent dead fish that floated on the rancid and oil-saturated water around the wharfs of the refineries. They were the standard welcoming committee. the spectacle that greeted us each time the tugboats pulled us into port. The ugliness was so universal, so profoundly linked with the lucrative activity and the power associated with the money of those who earned it – to the point of distorting the landscapes, totally turning the natural universe upside down – that it began, despite my aversion, to inspire a sort of respect. If we look at things closely, I said to myself that is what the world is all about. Whatever one may think, this ugliness is reality.


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