Arctic Panel at the 1st International Conference on Public Policy

26-28 June 2013, Grenoble, France

Although the Arctic is not a homogenous region, physically, economically and politically, the Arctic states face comparable challenges of adapting to a warmer climate and development of remote areas. Many parts of the Arctic are characterized by a harsh environment with little infrastructure, long distances, and ethnically diverse populations. While some regions are affected by out-migration, others by in-migration, more transient workers are needed for mining and the hydrocarbon industries.

The purpose of this panel is to analyze and discuss :
1. To what extent the climate change and economic prospects in the Arctic have changed public policies
2. To what extent public policies are limiting or motivating economic development, through legislation, infrastructure development, direct or indirect subsidization, particularly in the mining and hydrocarbon sector and in transport (shipping)
3. The capacity to act by the elected representatives at the local level, and to analyze to what extent citizens and communities are engaged in the development of public policies
4. How conflicting interests between economic sectors are considered (e.g. tourism versus mining, petroleum activities versus fisheries and traditional subsistence)
5. How social cohesion between various categories of the population (indigenous/non indigenous, permanent/transient) appears as an issue in current public policies
6. If public policies are shaped by regional frameworks of cooperation and international agreements and norms
7. How Arctic policy making can be seen as an imaginary and symbolic construction.
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