1st Edition

Regional Cooperation and International Organizations The Nordic Model in Transnational Alignment

Edited By Norbert Götz, Heidi Haggrén Copyright 2009
    622 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the roles of national actors within international organizations, with particular emphasis on the collaborative approach adopted by Nordic governments and associations.

    Analyzing Nordic regional cooperation within international organizations, this volume seeks to shed light on the politics of alignment and distinct macro-regional identity-building in international arenas. Exploring the middle ground between the national and the international, contributors discuss how Nordic governments and associations have successfully created and used the image of a distinct group within the international system and where they have failed. Presenting a richer picture of international and transnational relations, the volume’s features include:

    • a key focus on the ‘Nordic model’ with its schism in regard to the EU
    • studies on cooperation between governments and within civil society, including trade unions and anti-EU movements
    • contributions from Nordic and international experts highly respected in their fields

    Seeking to move beyond neo-realist and cosmopolitan approaches in international studies, Regional Cooperation and International Organizations will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, regionalism, Nordic studies, and Transnationalism.

    Introduction: Transnational Nordic Alignment in Stormy Waters Norbert Götz and Heidi Haggrén  Part 1: The Development Of Nordic Cooperation In World Affairs C2. ‘Blue-eyed Angels’ at the League of Nations: The Genevese Construction of Norden Norbert Götz  C3. Nordic Cooperation in the United Nations during the First Cold War: Between Internationalism and Realpolitik Kristine Midtgaard Part 2: Nordic Cooperation In Given Policy Fields C4. The Nordic Model and the International Labour Organization Pauli Kettunen  C5. The ‘Nordic Group’ in UNESCO: Informal and practical cooperation within the politics of knowledge Heidi Haggrén  C6. Nordic Cooperation in Providing Development Aid Sunniva Engh and Helge Pharo  Part 3: Nordic Cooperation In A European Context  C7. Efta 1959–72 : An Exercise in Nordic Cooperation and Conflict Thorsten B. Olesen C8. The Nordic States and the European Security and Defence Policy: National, Nordic or European? Clive Archer  C9. Nordic and Nordic–Baltic Cooperation in the Council of Europe: A Force in Promoting Common Values Kjell M. Torbiörn Part 4: Nordic NGO Cooperation In European And World Affairs  C10. European Integration and Nordic Trade Unions Lars Magnusson and Sofia Murhem  C11. Anti-EU Movements and Nordic Cooperation Carsten Schymik C12. Nordic Cooperation for Women’s Empowerment: The Role of Women’s Organizations Kerstin Rydbeck C13. Nordic Communists in the Communist International Tauno Saarela C14. Epilogue: The ‘Alpine System’: Creating Space for Regional Cooperation Norbert Götz


    Norbert Götz is associate professor of social science history at the Centre for Nordic Studies, Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki. His publications include works on mental maps and civil society in the Baltic Sea region, and he presently prepares a book on the Nordic countries in the United Nations.

    Heidi Haggrén is a researcher at the Department of Social Science History, University of Helsinki and coordinator of the Nordic Centre of Excellence on the Nordic Welfare State. Her research interests are Nordic cooperation, the welfare state and industrial relations in the service sector.