Scandinavian politics today. 3rd edition

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Publication Date 2015
ISBN 978-0-7190-9568-9
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1. The Nordic states: a suitable case for comparison?

Part I: The making of modern Scandinavia
2. Towards the eight quills of the swan: nation-building and state-building, 1809-1944

Part II: The Scandinavian party system model
3. 2+3=? The emergence of the Scandinavian party system(s)
4. Reds and Greens: the historic strength of the five main types of party
5. 'Big bang' elections and party system change in Scandinavia: farewell to the 'enduring party system'?

Part III: A distinctive model of political representation?
6. Selecting candidates and electing members of parliament in the Nordic region: an analytical framework
7. The personal vote and personal-vote-seeking: a shift towards a 'personalised candidate campaign model'?
8. Political representation: a 'demand side' perspective

Part IV: A Nordic model of government?
9. The Nordic states: consensual democracies?
10. A Nordic model of government?

Part V: A Nordic model of parliamentarism?
11. The Nordic parliaments: much of a muchness 'working parliaments'?
12. The Nordic parliaments: an alternative model?
13. Towards prime ministerial government or a presidentialisation of the executive?

Part VI: The Nordic welfare model
14. Trouble in paradise: w(h)ither the 'Nordic welfare model'?
15. The emergence of a new Nordic welfare model?

Part VII: A Nordic model of regional co-operation
16. Institutionalised regional co-operation: much ado about nothing (much)?
17. Nordic regional co-operation: the security dimension

Part VIII: Norden in an integrating Europe
18. Nordic euroscepticism past and present: the nation against the state?

Epilogue: the end of Nordic exceptionalism?

This completely revised and updated third edition of Scandinavian Politics Today follows the format of earlier editions by providing a comparative, thematic and insightful treatment of politics and government in the five nation-states of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, along with the three Home Rule territories of Greenland, Faeroes and Ă…land that together make up the Nordic region or Norden.

This new edition will be of relevance to topical UK debates on the Nordic model, welfare system change, Scottish independence and the challenges facing small-state systems in a globalised world.

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