Parliaments, Citizens and Democracy in Scandinavia

A Comparative Audit

By David Arter, Tapio Raunio

© 2016 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

This book seeks to provide a systematic and systematically comparative evaluation of the links between parliaments, parliamentarians and citizens in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. It provides critical insights not only into the dynamics of representative democracy but also into the reputation of the Scandinavian states for transparent decision-making.

Based on the premise that good democratic practice involves a parliament that is open and responsive to the citizenry, the primary aim of the book is to examine the extent to which parliamentary practice in Scandinavia is democratic. A rudimentary legislative audit is conducted in which the relationship between parliament and citizens is assessed with respect to three core values – visibility, accessibility and permeability. The approach is comparative throughout and based on a wide range of documentary, statistical and interview material.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Nordic politics, legislative studies and comparative politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Analytical Framework 3. The Nordic Parliaments in Comparative Perspective 4. Parliamentarians as Trustees and Trust in Parliament 5. The visibility of the parliaments to the people 6. Accessing Parliament 7. Policy Power to the People? 8. The Changing Nature of Representation? 9. Conclusions

About the Authors

David Arter and Tapio Raunio are Professors of Politics in the School of Management at the University of Tampere, Finland.

About the Series

Library of Legislative Studies

The Library of Legislative Studies comprises scholarly books - including individual country studies as well as major comparative works - that advance knowledge of legislatures and legislative processes. The volumes in the library are designed to be of value to students and scholars in legislative studies, comparative government, constitutional law, and European and regional integration.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General