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The Making and Circulation of Nordic Models, Ideals and Images

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ISBN 9780367742775
October 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This critical and empirically based volume examines the multiple existing Nordic models, providing analytically innovative attention to the multitude of circulating ideas, images and experiences referred to as "Nordic".

It addresses related paradoxes as well as patterns of circulation, claims about the exceptionality of Nordic models, and the diffusion and impact of Nordic experiences and ideas. Providing original case studies, the book further examines how the Nordic models have been constructed, transformed, and circulated in time and in space. It investigates the actors and channels that have been involved in circulating models: journalists and media, bureaucrats and policy-makers, international organizations, national politicians and institutions, scholars, diplomats, and analyses where and why models have travelled. Finally, the book shows that Nordic models, perspectives, or ideas do not always originate in the Nordic region, nor do they always develop as deliberate efforts to promote Nordic interests.

This book will be of key interest to Nordic and Scandinavian studies, European studies, and more broadly to history, sociology, political science, marketing, social policy, organizational theory and public management.

Table of Contents

1. The Making and Circulation of Nordic Models: An Introduction
Haldor Byrkjeflot, Mads Mordhorst, and Klaus Petersen

Part 1: The Nordic Model as Socio-economic and Political Construct

2. Images of the Nordic Welfare Model – Historical Layers and Ambiguities
Pauli Kettunen and Klaus Petersen

3. Social Science, Humanities and the ‘Nordic Model’
Lars Mjøset

4. The Utopian Trap: Between Contested Swedish Models and Benign Nordic Branding
Carl Marklund

5. Tracing the Nordic Model: French Creations, Swedish Appropriations, and Nordic Articulations
Andreas Hellenes

6. Adapting the Swedish Model: PSOE-SAP Relations During the Spanish Transition to Democracy
Alan Granadino and Peter Stadius

7. The ‘Nordic Model’ in International Development Aid: Explanation, Experience and Export
Sunniva Engh

Part 2: Nordic models in specific spheres 

8. ‘A Cross between Batman and a Public Ear:’ How the United States Transformed the Ombudsman
Byron Rom-Jensen

9. Branding the Nordic Model of Prostitution Policy   
Malcolm Langford and May-Len Skilbrei

10. The Making and Circulation of Corporate Quotas  
Mari Teigen

11. Beveridge or Bismarck? Choosing the Nordic Model in British Healthcare Policy 1997-c.2015 
Tom Hoctor

12. From Innovation to Impact: Translating New Nordic Cuisine into a Nordic Food Model
Silviya Svejenova, Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen, and Haldor Byrkjeflot

13. The Creation of a Regional Brand: Scandinavian Design  
Mads Mordhorst

14. Conclusion and perspectives
Haldor Byrkjeflot, Mads Mordhorst, and Klaus Petersen

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Haldor Byrkjeflot is a Professor at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at University of Oslo, Norway.

Lars Mjøset is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Oslo Summer School for Comparative Social Science Studies at the Social Science Faculty, University of Oslo, Norway.

Mads Mordhorst is Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and the Director of the Centre for Business History, Denmark.

Klaus Petersen is Professor of Welfare State History at the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies, and Chair of Humanities at the Danish Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.