Analyzes the contemporary politics and international relations of the five-nation states of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the three Home Rule territories of Greenland, Faeroes and Aland. This book will be suitable for students of Scandinavia and for those interested in Scandinavian politics and policy-making.
List of tablesList of abbreviationsPrefacePart I: Scandinavia past and present1. The eight wings of the swan2. Nation-building and state-building, 1809-1944Part II: Parties in development perspective3. The emergence of the Scandinavisn party system(s)4. The historic strengths of the five main types of partyPart III: Parties, voters and social change: w(h)ither the Scandinavian party system model?5. 'Earthquake elections' of 1970-73 and the Emergence of New Party Types6. Party system change since 1970Part IV: The Nordic model7. A Nordic model of government?8. The Nordic welfare modelPart V: Legislative-executive relations in the Nordic region9. The Nordic Parliaments: An Alternative Model?10. 'Fairly Strong Standing Committees' and 'Influential Party Groups' - a Distinctively Nordic Mix?11. Nordic Government(s): Parliamentary, Presidential or Prime Ministerial?Part VI: The strategic security environment12. The Changing Security Environment of the Nordic Region: From Cold War 'Security Threats' to the 'Security Challenges' of Today13. 'Reluctant Nordics', 'Reluctant Europeans', but 'Moral Superpowers'?Index