Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2011

In Osteuropa 2-3/2011

The Arctic Council
Health between Science and Politics

Kirsti Stuvøy, Brigt Dale

Deutsche Fassung


The Arctic Council is the most important institution for governing beyond the nation-states in the far north. It makes no legally binding decisions, but it influences policy in the Arctic with the basic knowledge that its working groups provide. It is especially successful in monitoring the environment. However, in the field of health management, which the council has addressed in recent years, the limits of scientific political consulting can be seen. In the end, the council has to make political decisions in order to endure as an influential institution in the Arctic.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2011, pp. 301–310)