The recent crises in global economy and in European integration have caused a considerable revival of interest in the Nordic Welfare Model. However, less attention has been given to the ways in which the nations that form Scandinavia or ‘Norden’ are connected through various forms of inter- and transnational cooperation.
With contributions from a team of experts in the field, this volume analyses Nordic cooperation in a European perspective and argues that this special form of transnational cooperation has been crucial in the development of the Nordic Welfare Model. In addition, it also contends that the Nordic model of transnational cooperation is a relevant case study when pondering the present problems of European integration.
This text will be of key interest to students, researchers and policy makers studying the Nordic Model and transnational cooperation and more generally to those interested in European studies, Scandinavian studies, welfare studies, international relations and regional integration.
1 Introduction: The Nordic Model of Transnational Cooperation? Johan Strang 2 European Challenge to Nordic Institutional Cooperation: Past, Present and Future Thorsten Borring Olesen and Johan Strang 3 Nordic Cooperation in the Voluntary Sector Norbert Götz, Heidi Haggrén and Mary Hilson 4 The Nordic Model and the Rise and Fall of Nordic Cooperation Pauli Kettunen, Urban Lundberg, Mirja Österberg and Klaus Petersen 5 Cooperation in the Field of Law Pia Letto-Vanamo and Ditlev Tamm 6 Dreams and Realities: The Nordic Council Literature Prize as a Symbol of the Construction of Nordic Cultural Cooperation Anne-Marie Mai 7 The Nordic Passport Union and Its Discontents: Unintended Consequences of Free Movement Miika Tervonen 8 Nordic Institutionalized Cooperation in a Larger Regional Setting Tobias Etzold 9 Nordic Security and Defence Cooperation: Northern Policies in a European Perspective Clive Archer and Pertti Joenniemi 10 Nordic Countries as Laboratories for Transnational Learning Peer Hull Kristensen, Kari Lilja, Eli Moen and Glenn Morgan