First published in 1997, this volume examines the future development of the European Union (and Swedenâ€™s role within it) which has been a subject of intense debate. Whilst to outside observers, the Swedish case may seem peripheral to mainstream events on the continental mainland due to the countryâ€™s status as a small state, Sweden will nevertheless have an important contribution to make to the future evolution of the European Union. The purpose of this book is to examine the complex inter-relationship between Sweden and European integration (1950-96). It introduces the concept of the â€˜Swedish Diamondâ€™ to explain why the countryâ€™s governing elite resisted and then went on to seek and attain full EU membership. The author also argues that a revised â€˜Membership Diamondâ€™ represents a useful conceptual framework for examining elite attitudes and perspectives now that Sweden is a full EU member. The book also includes a Foreword by the Swedish Defence Minister, BjÃ¶rn von Sydow.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. Decision-Making and the â€˜Swedish Diamondâ€™. 3. The Early Years 1950-70. 4. Keeping a Friendly Distance 1970-84. 5. Declining EFTA Alternatives 1984-90. 6. The Nordic Dimension. 7. Contemplating Membership 1990-93. 8. Approving Accession 1993-95. 9. EU Member 1995-96. 10. The â€˜Membership Diamondâ€™ and Post-1995 Sweden.