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Transformational Change and Regime Shifts in the Circumpolar Arctic
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. Stockholm Environment Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8939-6798
University of Lapland.
2016 (English)In: Arctic Review on Law and Politics, ISSN 1891-6252, E-ISSN 2387-4562, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 179-195Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Arctic is changing rapidly, and there are many indications that the region is in the midst oftransformational change. While some of the focus relates to impacts of climate change, rapideconomic development and the potential for shifts in political and social structures in the regionhave also been in the limelight. This article looks at the circumpolar Arctic as a potential case of aregime shift in a large-scale socialecological system that includes reinforcing feedbacks. A specialfocus is placed on governance structures, as these play an important role in social negotiations onthe relationship between societies and the environment. While climate change is often portrayedas a driver of social change in the Arctic, it does not appear that the ongoing changes in thebiophysical features of the Arctic region have rocked current circumpolar governance structuresout of kilter. On the contrary, the ongoing climate-related changes, in particular sea ice decline,appear to have reinforced political commitment to existing legal structures. Major past socialregime shifts have mainly been related to access to resources and national identity ideology, withpolitical dynamics reinforced at times by military security considerations.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 2, p. 179-195
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-246086DOI: 10.17585/arctic.v7.532OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-246086DiVA, id: diva2:1295739
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Available from: 2019-03-12 Created: 2019-03-12 Last updated: 2019-03-18Bibliographically approved

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