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Island and the Pipeline: Gotland Facing the Geopolitical Power of Nord Stream
Södertörn University.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In 2005, the Nord Stream Consortium launched a pipeline project with the intention to bring Russian natural gas to Germany across the Baltic Sea. Although this raised crucial issues of Russia-EU-Sweden relations on security, energy and the environment the focus of this report is on the Gotland local government response to the Nord Stream approach, thus illustrating the need for a transversal human geography-political studies perspective. Situated in the heart of the Baltic Sea, and in line with the established Swedish governmental "remiss" procedure of commission and referral for consideration the Gotland authority was requested by the Swedish Government to make a statement about the pipeline. How-ever, before the government was even asked for permission the Nord Stream Consortium with Russian Gazprom as the major shareholder turned to the Gotland authority with an offer they after some conflict-ridden twists and turns, manifested in three policy lines as described in the report, decided not to refuse. A narrative inspired analytical ap-proach is applied to dissect the more or less contradictory standpoints and legitimating arguments posed by the actors in the political process preceding the local authority decision to accept the Nord Stream offer, i.e. the local scale actors were provoked to take a stand on a big issue raised by a huge multinational company. By in detail examining the local political repercussions of the energy project the case study contributes to a trans-disciplinary understanding of multi-scalar/multi-level govern-ance. In an epilogue the report also highlights the sudden turnaround of the local narrative in autumn 2016 when Gotland Regional Authority was on the brink of making a deal with Nord Stream II. The turnaround flashlights the geopolitical position of the island in the crossfire of inter-ests concerning the Baltic Sea Region.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University , 2017. , 61 p.
Series
Centrum för urbana och regionala studiers skriftserie: rapport, ISSN 1653-1531 ; 71
Keyword [en]
Baltic Sea, Gotland, Nord Stream, local government, multi-scalar governance, narrative, legitimation, natural gas pipeline
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55983ISBN: 978-91-87789-13-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-55983DiVA: diva2:1077946
Available from: 2017-03-01 Created: 2017-03-01 Last updated: 2017-03-01Bibliographically approved

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