Journal section "Socio-economic development strategy"

Public Nature of the Concepts for Economic Development in the Northern and Arctic Regions of Russia

Lazhentsev V.N.

4 (46), 2016

Lazhentsev V.N. Public Nature of the Concepts for Economic Development in the Northern and Arctic Regions of Russia. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2016, no. 4 (46), pp. 43-56. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2016.4.46.2

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2016.4.46.2

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In a situation when Russia’s economic development is unbalanced by factors and financial sources, there emerges a threat of depletion of its natural resources in the Northern and Arctic regions, which does not bring any apparent benefit to Russia itself, and especially to its northern dwellers. In order to work out a proper policy with relation to the North, it is necessary to consider not only the specifics of the raw material specialization of the Northern and Arctic territories and their structural-functional organization, but also the crucial public nature of this specialization and this organization. It is from the point of view of public interest and national security of our country that residents of the North should be viewed not as a tool to provide the world economy with raw materials and fuel, but as an inherently valued reality, competing for their “place under the sun” and capable of equipping this place based on their own abilities, needs and perceptions of well-being. The purpose of the present paper is to show the social character of the interdependence between internal and external factors in the development of the North and the Arctic: the national and world market of mineral raw materials and fuel, the transcontinental, regional and local environmental functions of the tundra and taiga, the general trends of improving economic federalism and a special approach to stimulating regions that have extreme and difficult conditions of life and production, the priority of social welfare of the population rooted in the North and in the Arctic along with the desire for national socio-territorial equity


social change, northern specifics, concepts, development and improvement, economic incentives, environmental factor, systemwide upgrade

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