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Models of Democracy in Nordic and Baltic Europe

Political Institutions and Discourse, 1st Edition

Edited by Nicholas Aylott


284 pages

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This book explores the ways in which representative democracy works in two neighbouring collections of European states: the Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) and the Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). Starting from a Nordic vantage point, contributors explore the extent to which aspects of politics function similarly or dissimilarly across the two groups of democratic states, acknowledging the differences in models of democracy that occur within each group. Authors explore the possibility that some of the apparently successful institutional features of Nordic politics have somehow influenced politics in the Baltic states, despite the considerable contextual differences between the two groups. The Nordic-Baltic comparison is particularly worthy of study, given the comparative stability of the Nordic democracies and the half century of occupation by a totalitarian dictatorship that the Baltic states endured. The central, guiding questions are: how does political representation work in countries that have a lot in common, but also a few significant contextual dissimilarities; and what, if any, relationships between the respective styles of democracy can be identified? Using a variety of theories, perspectives and methods, the empirical studies that populate the book seek to offer reflections on these questions.


'The book as a whole is an excellent collection of essays - each contributing both to the field of comparative analysis overall and also to their own separate research inquiries. There will be a different audience for each individual essay, but those focussing on domestic party politics in Europe will find these essays highly thought-provoking.' LSE Review of Books

Table of Contents

Contents: A Nordic model of democracy? Political representation in Northern Europe, Nicholas Aylott; Between flawed and full democracy: twenty years of Baltic independence, Kjetil Duvold; The emergence of Conservative parties in the Baltic States: new parties, party entrepreneurs and transnational influence, Karl Magnus Johansson; Ever more inclusive? Candidate selection in North European democracies, Nicholas Aylott, Jānis Ikstens and Emelie Lilliefeldt; The diffusion of party positions: policy positions moving from the Nordic to the Baltic States, Detlef Jahn; The Nordic model and Estonian political discourse, Kadri Simm and Külliki Seppel; Conclusions: towards a new North European democracy?, Nicholas Aylott; Index.

About the Editor

Nicholas Aylott is senior lecturer in political science at Södertörn University, Sweden. His main academic interest is in comparative European politics, with a special focus on political parties. He is the author and co-author of various books and articles, often with a focus on Nordic party politics.

About the Series

The Nordic Experience

The Nordic Experience
(For the back flap): THE NORDIC EXPERIENCE Series Editor: Jonas Harvard, Södertörn University, Stockholm. What makes a region unique? Be it Vikings or the welfare state, gender equality or flat-pack furniture, for a long time the Nordic region has had a distinctive profile, visible to inhabitants and outsiders alike. As political alliances and cultural connections between nations and continents continuously change, so do the meanings of labels such as ’the North’, ’the Nordic region’ or Norden. Books in 'The Nordic Experience' series study the Nordic region as a geopolitical concept connected to a distinguishable set of ideas, practices and experiences. In-depth and comparative analyses of history, politics, culture, science and media, explore both the struggle between conflicting interests and the search for common characteristics. The result is a series of refreshing insights into how a region can become something beyond physical place - a notion distributed in space.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European