AbstractsPolitical Science

The Danish-Greenlandic Relationship; Identity Sharing through Foreign Relations

by Aron Szpisjak

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Greenland; Denmark; Constructivism; International relations
Record ID: 1120806
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/19191


This study is based on the negotiation process between the Greenlandic state and the Danish state in terms of foreign policy issues. It investigates this social interaction through the lens of the International Relations theory of Constructivism through which it is assumed that states shape each other’s identities. This project will furthermore make use of qualitative empirical data in the form of interviews with Danish politicians as well as a Greenlandic representative. The analysis will be done through the use of thematic analysis by which the interviews were coded and placed into distinctive themes. This study establishes that there are certain factors prevalent in shaping the negotiations between the two states, as different levels of cooperation and co-determination are being presented by both state actors throughout the course of the negotiation process. We are also able to establish that altercasting projected by both state actors is potentially impacting the political identity of either state. The project concludes that these two actors do indeed shape each other’s identities. However, it has also been shown in the analysis that the Danish state has had greater impact on the identity of Greenland to this point.