Conclusions and discussion

Chapter 7. Regional Knowledge Production and the Politics of Scale discusses the review of the history of climate science and the empirical study of the ACIA to reach the overall aim of this dissertation, which is to examine how the interplay of science and policy affects the framing of Arctic climate change. Specifically, this chapter discusses the politics of scale and how tensions between global, regional, and local perspectives play out in the ACIA. It also analyzes the role of structures in international cooperation to make the ACIA salient, credible, and legitimate to different actors. In addition, it revisits the regime concept relating it to the empirical findings of the relationship between structure and agency. It proposes increased examination of the relationship between regimes and actors networks. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the potential and limitations of regional regimes for climate knowledge production. While the predominant global framing of climate policy limited the immediate policy impact of the ACIA, the analysis also emphasizes that the ACIA brought new actors into the international production of climate knowledge. This helped highlight human dimensions of Arctic climate change and also made the assessment relevant for the Arctic indigenous peoples, which affected the dynamics of the ACIA policy process.

I. Theoretical and methodological framework

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