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The Routledge Handbook of Scandinavian Politics

ISBN 9781138905856
Published June 27, 2017 by Routledge
324 Pages - 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Scandinavian Politics is a comprehensive overview of Scandinavian politics provided by leading experts in the field and covering the polity, the politics and the policy of Scandinavia. Coherently structured with a multi-level thematic approach, it explains and details Scandinavian politics today through a series of cutting-edge chapters. It will be a key reference point both for advanced-level students developing knowledge about the subject, as well as researchers producing new material in the area and beyond. It brings geographical scope and depth, with comparative chapters contributed by experts across the region. Methodologically and theoretically pluralistic, the handbook is in itself a reflection of the field of political science in Scandinavia and the diversity of the issues covered in the volume.

The Routledge Handbook of Scandinavian Politics will be an essential reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners interested and working in the fields of Scandinavian politics, European politics, comparative politics and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Scandinavian Politics between Myth and Reality

Anders Wivel and Peter Nedergaard

2. The Modern Scandinavian Welfare State

Stein Kuhnle and Matti Alestalo

3. The Egalitarian Paradise?

Olof Bäckman and Kenneth Nelson

4. Still the Corporatist Darlings? 

Peter Munk Christiansen

5. The Green 'Heavyweights': The Climate Policies of the Nordic Countries 

Jens Hoff

6. Goldilocks' Frankenstein Monster: The Rise, Political Entrenchment and Transformation of the Scandinavian Welfare States

Carsten Jensen and Kees van Kersbergen

7. Nordic Administrative Traditions

Per Lægreid

8. Cabinets and Ministerial Turnover in the Scandinavian Countries

Martin Ejnar Hansen

9. The Parliaments of the Scandinavian Countries 

Thomas Persson

10. Nordic Voters and Party Systems 

Kasper M. Hansen and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen

11. Public Opinion and Politics in Scandinavia

Eva H. Önnudóttir and Ólafur Þ. Harõarson

12. Continuity and Convergence: Populism in Scandinavia

Ann-Cathrine Jungar

13. Social Capital in the Scandinavian Countries

Rasmus Fonnesbæk Andersen and Peter Thisted Dinesen

14. The Role of the Media in Scandinavian Politics

Sigurd Allern

15. Fiscal Policy in the Scandinavian Countries

U. Michael Bergman, Svend E. Hougaard Jensen and Øystein Thøgersen

16. The Fisheries Policy in the Nordic Countries: From Open Access to Rights-based Management Fisheries

Peder Andersen and Vibe Busk Larsen

17. Making and Re-making the Nordic Model of Education

Tine S. Prøitz and Petter Aasen

18. Immigrant Policies of the Scandinavian Countries

Grete Brochmann

19. Scandinavian Models of Diplomacy

Martin Marcussen

20. Scandinavian Defence and Alliance Policies: Different Together

Carmen Gebhard

21. Scandinavia and the European Union: Pragmatic Functionalism Reconsidered

Caroline Howard Grøn and Anders Wivel

22. The United Nations and the Nordic Four: Cautious Sceptics, Committed Believers, Cost-benefit Calculators

Peter Viggo Jakobsen

23. Scandinavian Development Policies

Thorsten Borring Olesen

24. Conclusions: Scandinavian Polities, Politics and Policies Reconsidered

Peter Nedergaard and Anders Wivel

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Peter Nedergaard is Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Anders Wivel is Professor with special responsibilities at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


‘All things Scandinavian are in fashion. But this fantastic volume urges us to see the Nordic countries as increasingly integrated in Europe and the world, even as each nation retains some of its distinctiveness. No other book in the market offers such a sophisticated, balanced, and rich analysis of Nordic politics and societies.’ - Francesco Duina, Bates College, USA.

‘This book brilliantly captures both the traditional and changing features of Scandinavian polities, politics and policies. The authors, by combining Scandinavian past and present, catch the essence of Scandinavian domestic and external affairs and shed light on how states can flourish in turbulent times.’ - Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland, Iceland.

‘The terms "Scandinavia" and "the Nordic model" tend to be used with increasing flexibility. This calls for a critical discussion of the Nordic examples in all their complexity and this impressively comprehensive handbook explores both the achievements and the challenges of the Nordic countries. It is essential for anyone interested in the Nordic societies, within or outside the region itself.’ - Johan Strang, University of Helsinki, Finland.