The power politics of representation
in Arctic governance

Maps, films, poetry and policy documents can all tell a story about the region. This chapter seeks to highlight how these representations of the region – or the way in which particular circumpolar policy issues are framed by narrative and images – are a manifestation of and serve to shape power relations in the region. The chapter illustrates how active deployment of particular framings in Arctic diplomacy is an important part of laying the groundwork for certain policy actions. The first case examines how key political actors worked to sustain a representation of the region as cooperative, despite the post-2014 tensions between Russia and NATO countries. The two remaining examples look at framings relevant for clarifying more specific policy debates around what kind of actors belong in Arctic politics: namely the participation of non-Arctic states and business representatives in Arctic governance.

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Arctic governance

Power in cross-border Cooperation

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