1st Edition

The Making and Circulation of Nordic Models, Ideas and Images

    304 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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, public 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.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    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


    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 Study, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.