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Changing Climates in North American PoliticsInstitutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance$
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Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012997

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.001.0001

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Arctic Climate Change: North American Actors in Circumpolar Knowledge Production and Policymaking

Arctic Climate Change: North American Actors in Circumpolar Knowledge Production and Policymaking

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(p.199) 10 Arctic Climate Change: North American Actors in Circumpolar Knowledge Production and Policymaking
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Changing Climates in North American Politics
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Annika E. Nilsson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.003.0010

This chapter examines the role of the Arctic in North American climate change debate policymaking. It places special focus on the role of the Arctic Council in connecting scientific and policy concerns, and in emphasizing the effects of climate change on indigenous peoples. The chapter then discusses the significant characteristics of scientific assessments to inform the following examination of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), and argues that the ACIA's focus on indigenous people was the result of the prevalent norms and structures of regional cooperation under the arctic council. This focus also helped ACIA to become legitimate, credible, and salient among the broad set of actors in the international political arena, in a dynamic that was closely linked to Canadian and U.S. climate change politics.

Keywords:   ACIA, Arctic Council, indigenous people, climate change

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