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High stakes and poor implementation? Russia’s Arctic policy in 2008–2017

 

DOI: 10.34130/2070-4992-2020-2-27-35

УДК 323.2, 327, 574

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Кадочников А. Н. – к.ф.-м.н., директор центра экологической политики, Ленинградский государственный университет имени А. С. Пушкина, г. Санкт-Петербург, Россия, e-mail: Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.

Симонов A. C. – аспирант, Университет Хельсинки, г. Хельсинки, Финляндия, e-mail: Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.

This paper aims to analyse Russia’s Arctic policy in 2008–2017. We scrutinise its policy implementation in four policy fields – mining operations, environmental, military and transport policy (the Northern Sea Route). The research objective is to find out which policy fields did the Russian Government implement sufficiently and which ones – poorly in Russia’s Arctic policy in 2008–2017? We use the document analysis as a research method. We find that overall policy implementation in the Arctic was insufficient. The degree of Russia’s Arctic policy implementation depends on the policy field. While Russia successfully achieved the goals of military security in the Arctic, mining operations in the High North were implemented poorly. The Russian Government carried out environmental protection and the development of the NSR moderately with some programs and projects being reduced or even postponed in 2008–2017. This study contributes to policy studies and provides an independent assessment for policy-makers and civil society actors. The analysis of government documents as a method pose the limitation in the sense that we use the data only from open sources as well as there is a risk of misinterpretation during the data collection stage. Future research can investigate which theory explains the best policy implementation in the Russian Arctic. Moreover, methodologically scholarship can apply computational text analysis methods to work with the massive amount of textual data.

Keywords: Arctic, Russia, policy implementation, policy analysis, arctic policy, public policy

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For citation: Kadochnikov A. N., Simonov A. S. High stakes and poor implementation? Russia’s Arctic policy in 2008–2017 // Corporate Governance and Innovative Economic Development of the North: Bulletin of Research Center of Corporate Law, Management and Venture Investment of Syktyvkar State University. 2020. No. 2. P. 27–35. DOI: 10.34130/2070-4992-2020-2-27-35.