9781137013262

The Nordic Model of Social Democracy

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137013262

  • ISBN10:

    1137013265

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-02-21
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Since the late 1920s, social democracy has been preeminent in the politics of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, through dominant parties and ideological hegemony of the center-left. The Nordic Model of Social Democracy relates the concept of the Nordic model to the guiding role of social democratic ideology in developing and sustaining a particular way of society, extending from the mixed economy to social and gender equality and the universal welfare state. Moving beyond the historical account, the book also addresses a set of current and future challenges for social democrats, such as welfare state sustainability, the multicultural society, globalization and the decline of mass politics. The analysis breaks new ground by relating the recent international literature on social democracy to the distinct Scandinavian experience. It speaks out against the 'decline thesis' of the left, emphasizing instead the continuity and vitality of social democracy in the Nordic region

Author Biography

Nikolai Brandal is a PhD fellow at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo. His doctoral research concerns political extremism in the 1960s and 70s. Alongside a scholarly interest in totalitarian movements, Brandal has published articles and book chapters on the Second World War and post-war Norwegian politics.

Øivind Bratberg is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. His research interests range from British party politics and territorial reform via contemporary social democracy to the analysis of political ideas and discourse.

Dag Einar Thorsen received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo in 2012, concluding a research project on the political philosophy of Karl Popper and Isaiah Berlin. He has published a number of articles and book chapters on political theory, ideology and the philosophy of science.

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