Norwegian policy in the 1980s sought to attain economic redevelopment and a balanced regional development. The last is a special Norwegian objective, and includes maintenance of the current residential pattern. The workers in old trades coping with the uncertain redevelopment situations will decide if Norway will achieve these political goals. In this chapter, two cases focusing on mine closure are studied. The results show that the workers' strategies for coping with uncertain situations varies, depending on their personal resources. If the workers have many resources, regional goals are less likely to be achieved; if they have few, the chances of achieving regional goals are greater. The great Norwegian challenge is, therefore, how to incorporate miners with many resources in local redevelopment.
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