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ECPR Futures Lab 2020

Uranium Mining in Greenland – Complexities and Uncertainties

Public Administration
Decision Making
Domestic Politics
Maria Ackrén
Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland
Maria Ackrén
Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland

This article will look at the multi-level governance complexities regarding uranium mining in Greenland. The area of natural resources is seen as a savior for getting the Greenlandic economy on its feet for future endeavors. However, the management of natural resources has been disputed and especially when it comes to minerals such as uranium and other radioactive elements. How is this area regulated and how is the Greenlandic Government coping with this issue? There have been controversies between Greenland and Denmark in relation to the management of the natural resources in the past, and especially when we are talking about uranium as a dual commodity, which can be used both for civil and military purposes. What are the relationships between Denmark and Greenland regarding this issue and how are the Greenlandic population perceiving this type of mining? Can we say something about the quality of governance regarding this specific matter?
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