There is increasing pressure on government institutions and industry in the Northern regions to take the responsibility for using the vast resources of the Arctic for enhancing local and regional economic growth. Strengthened the local self-governance and the enhanced accountability and welfare production within both public and private institutions are expected. However, there is little attention in the research towards what kind of financial and non-financial information is used and how by central regional actors in order to formulate and follow up regional development strategies. Interestingly enough, relevant information for self-governance and development of the High North regions can be simply lacking. The High North regions was never defined as a separate accounting/statistical entity meaning that all types of statistics were defined by and produced for authorities in national capitals and/or by supranational organizations like EU.
This section welcomes papers that problematize the relationships between the development strategies and access to relevant information to formulate and follow up those strategies. We see to explore the role of information in stimulating the interplay among regional and local governments, enterprises and local indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Particularly, we welcome papers that focuses on, but not limited to 1) challenges for harmonization of national statistics between different High North regions; 2) development of new types of indexes that complement or replace traditional development indexes such as GDP/GRP; 3) use of indexes by decision-makers (e.g. politicians, managers) for long-term decisions and 4) the role of indexes and benchmarking for self-governance, etc.