The Politics of Arctic Resources: Change and Continuity in the "Old North" of Northern Europe

1st Edition

Carina Keskitalo

Routledge
April 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 328 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138040601 - CAT# Y329210
Series: Transforming Environmental Politics and Policy

USD$149.95

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Summary

The Arctic has often been seen as a natural area, or even a "wilderness", where mainly indigenous and subsistence activities have been prominent. Contrary to this, the present volume highlights the very long historical development of resource use systems in Northern Europe, across multiple actors, multiple levels, and including varying population groups.

The book takes a past-present-future perspective that illustrates the paths to institutional emergence, change or persistence over time. It also illustrates how institutions may themselves drive changes, through a focus on resource use cases in Northern Europe. This volume demonstrates that understanding "northern" issues is less about understanding sets of geophysical, climatological or environmental conditions, than about understanding social and institutional structures. Understanding these trajectories into the future is seen as a key way of understanding what responses to future change may be likely, and what the institutions are that will shape, limit or enable our responses to climate change.

This book will be of great use to scholars and graduates in the fields of Arctic and northern-region politics, and to researchers of resource use and climate change with a focus on vulnerability, social vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation.

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