The Future of the Arctic: Policy Prospects for the Twenty-First Century

  • Ken S. Coates
  • Carin Holroyd


The twenty-first century promises to be a time of unrelenting, multi-dimensional change, driven by environmental transformations, Indigenous empowerment, the rise of China, and rapid technological innovation. This chapter raises questions about the suitability of long-standing policy approaches to northern governance and economic development, and argues that the complexities of the twenty-first century require a substantial rethinking of policy frameworks and core socioeconomic assumptions. Examining the major global changes that will shape the future of the planet from a northern perspective reveals that the North stands off to the side on many of the major policy debates of the coming decades and may well have substantial challenges responding to the complex web of policy issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ken S. Coates
    • 1
  • Carin Holroyd
    • 2
  1. 1.Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public PolicyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Political StudiesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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