Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781861893666 Published June 2008 For sale in North and South America only
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The Nordic Model

Scandinavia since 1945

Mary Hilson

Mary Hilson

Distributed for Reaktion Books

234 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2008
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781861893666 Published June 2008 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $14.48 to $24.95 ISBN: 9781861894618 Published June 2008
The political structures of the Scandinavian nations have long stood as models for government and public policy. This comprehensive study examines how that “Nordic model” of government developed, as well as its far-reaching influence.

            Respected Scandinavian historian Mary Hilson surveys the political bureaucracies of the five Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—and traces their historical influences and the ways they have changed, individually and as a group, over time. The book investigates issues such as economic development, foreign policy, politics, government, and the welfare state, and it also explores prevailing cultural perceptions of Scandinavia in the twentieth century. Hilson then turns to the future of the Nordic region as a unified whole within Europe as well as in the world, and considers the re-emergence of the Baltic Sea as a pivotal region on the global stage.

            The Nordic Model offers an incisive assessment of Scandinavia yesterday and today, making this an essential text for students and scholars of political science, European history, and Scandinavian studies.
 
Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Historical Meanings of Scandinavia

1        Consensual Democracies? The Nordic Political Model

2        The Nordic Economies

3        The Nordic Model of Welfare

4        Between East and West? The Nordic Countries in International Relations

5        Scandinavian Society: Equality, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

Conclusion: Is There a Future for the Nordic Region?

 

Tables & Figures

References

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Index
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