The European Union and the Nordic Countries

Author: Lee Miles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134804059

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

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The European Union and the Nordic Countries provides an authoritative assessment of the intricate relationship between the EU and the Nordic countries. The team of authors includes academics from the five main Nordic countries. The authors explore the ramification of wider Nordic EU membership for particular subject areas, such as economic and monetary union, social and environmental policy, agriculture, fisheries and foreign and security affairs. The authors argue that the impact of two more Nordic countries becoming EU members will prove positive. However, despite further Nordic accessions seeming inevitable, this will not be easy and will require major changes in public opinion in Norway and Iceland.

Perspectives of Equality

Work, women and family in the Nordic Countries and EU

Author: Laura Kalliomaa-Puha

Publisher: Nordic Council of Ministers

ISBN: 9789289304764

Category: Social Science

Page: 333

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Engelsk tekst. 332 s., hf., 2000. (Nord 2000 ; 5)

European Integration and National Identity

The Challenge of the Nordic States

Author: Lene Hansen,Ole Waever

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134599161

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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The four Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway, have all held referenda on their relationship to the European Union in the 1990's. These referenda catalysed heated debates: should Finland and Sweden give up neutrality? Should Denmark follow the European Union's move towards higher degrees of integration? And, had there been enough change in Norway to reverse the rejection of European Community membership in 1972? These key questions about the future of European integration are addressed in this highly topical book by examining the crucial role played by national identity.

Nordic States and European Integration

Awkward Partners in the North?

Author: Malin Stegmann McCallion,Alex Brianson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319575627

Category: Political Science

Page: 143

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This book provides the first lengthy study of awkward states/partners in regional integration. Is awkwardness a characteristic of states in many global regions, or is it reducible to the particular case of the United Kingdom in European integration? The authors assess how far the concept of ‘awkwardness’ can travel, and apply it to the cases of the Nordic States’ involvement in and with the European Union - Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway. The renewed interest in the Nordic region is in part thanks to recent events in the on-going crisis of European integration, and particular its member states’ response to the refugee question, which appears to be undermining years of intra-regional solidarity even between the Nordic countries. The security dimension of the region further broadens the book’s readership beyond Nordic Politics specialists to IR scholars, as the Nordic countries share borders with Russia and are key players in the Baltic Sea Strategy seeking to involve Russia in looser forms of regional cooperation.

Beyond Westminster and Congress

The Nordic Experience

Author: Peter Esaiasson,Knut Heidar

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 9780814208397

Category: Political Science

Page: 506

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In Beyond Westminster and Congress, thirteen scholars characterize parliamentary life and procedures in five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Although there are important institutional similarities among the five systems -- all have unicameral parliaments that share common roots in the political history of the region -- there are theoretically interesting differences among the five systems as well. These similarities and differences make the Nordic countries particularly interesting subjects for analysis. The book had its genesis at the Nordic Political Science Association Conference in Oslo in 1993, where several of the contributors met to discuss the possibility of coordinating parliamentary surveys already underway in some of the Nordic countries. The five-nation project Nordic Legislature and Legislators was started shortly thereafter, and members of the research group met on several occasions over the next few years to organize their research. The collaborative nature of this project makes it a particularly valuable contribution to our understanding of how parliaments work. The book begins by setting the Scandinavian parliaments in their historical and national settings. Part I analyzes political representation in the Nordic countries, focusing on the links between representatives and the represented. Part 2 analyzes parliamentary organization, the different roles of committees, parties, and leadership. In part 3, the analysis turns to parliamentary decision making, including the influence of interest groups and the executive. Finally, the authors consider relations between the national parliaments and the larger European setting, includingrepresentation in the European Parliament.

The Nordic Countries and the European Security and Defence Policy

Author: Alyson J. K. Bailes,Gunilla Herolf,Bengt Sundelius

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199290840

Category: Political Science

Page: 427

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A special feature of Europe's Nordic region is that only one of its states has joined both the European Union and NATO. Nordic countries also share a certain distrust of approaches to security that rely too much on force or that may disrupt the logic and liberties of civil society. Impactingon this environment, the EU's decision in 1999 to develop its own military capacities for crisis management - taken together with other ongoing shifts in Western security agendas and US-Europe relations - has created complex challenges for Nordic policy establishments.This multi-author volume combines the techniques of reporting and analysis, debate and reduction, to illuminate the consequences for the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The views expressed in it by Nordic and non-Nordic, younger and more established analystsreflect the political and intellectual ferment triggered in the Nordic region by these developments: in the process shedding light on defence and security challenges that matter deeply for Europe as a whole.

The Nordic Countries and the European Union

Still the other European community?

Author: Caroline Howard Grøn,Peter Nedergaard,Anders Wivel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317536614

Category: Political Science

Page: 294

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In European policy-making, the Nordic countries are often viewed as a relatively coherent bloc; in international and European affairs the Nordic position has traditionally been conditioned on being different from and better than Europe. This book offers a coherent, original and systematic comparative analysis of the relationship between the Nordic countries and the European Union over the past two decades. It looks at the historical frame, institutions and policy areas, addressing both traditional EU areas such as agriculture and more nascent areas affecting the domestic and foreign policies of the Nordic countries. In doing so, it examines how the Nordic approach to European policy-making has developed and explains why the Nordic countries are similar in some respects while differing in others when engaging with EU institutions. In highlighting the similarities and differences between the Nordic countries it explores what lessons – positive and negative – may be drawn from this approach for the Nordic countries and other small states. This book will be of interest to scholars, students and practitioners engaged with the Nordic Countries, EU politics and policy-making, European politics and comparative politics.

A Modern Nordic Saga : Politics, Economy and Society

Author: Ryszard M. Czarny

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319423630

Category: Science

Page: 356

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This book focuses on the Nordic countries through a European perspective and wishes to draw attention to their place in the new world order. The volume emphasizes the specificity of their cooperation within the region itself as well as within the European Union, and stresses the importance of the Nordic region as an area of possibilities and tangible chances resulting from the challenges of globalization. The social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of these countries are characterized by cooperation among states, their collaboration with other regional organizations and within international projects, as well as exchange of viewpoints on the specificity of the current Norden issues. The cooperation of the Nordic countries and their inhabitants as well as migrations between the Scandinavian states have been a trademark of the common and shared history of Norden.

Implementing European Union Education and Training Policy

A Comparative Study of Issues in Four Member States

Author: D. Phillips,H. Ertl

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0306480778

Category: Political Science

Page: 332

View: 1934

This study mirrors the perceptions and values that shape the discussion of such terms as harmonization, recognition, convergence and subsidiarity in the educational sphere. It provides insights into surprising similarities and important differences in the approaches of different Member States regarding the interpretation and implementation of EU education and training policies. It summarizes the results of a European research project conducted within the EU-funded network PRESTiGE.

The Nordic Countries and Africa

Old and New Relations

Author: Lennart Wohlgemuth,Nordiska Afrikainstitutet

Publisher: Nordic Africa Institute

ISBN: 9789171065056

Category: History

Page: 54

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The Nordic Africa Institute has asked one representative from each Nordic country to give an account of how their respective countries have dealt with Africa over the years (in some cases even over the centuries) but with an emphasis on the last 50 years. They were also asked to indicate what role Africa has played in the politics, trade, etc. of their countries. The diversity of the invited authors, backgrounds and fields of specialization is reflected in their contributions, but the authors have one thing in common: a long experience from, and deep engagement in, Africa’s development. Lennart Wohlgemuth has been the director of the Nordic Africa Institute since1993.

Nordic Welfare States in the European Context

Author: Johan Fritzell,Bjorn Hvinden,Senior Lecturer in Sociology Bjorn Hvinden,Mikko Kautto,Jon Kvist,Hannu Uusitalo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134579012

Category: Medical

Page: 328

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This important sequel to Nordic Social Policy (Routledge 1999) compares welfare state development over the last twenty years in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden with that of Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and other Western European countries. Topics covered include: * income distribution, health inequalities and gender equality * gender policies, health and social care services and policy reaction to family changes * social security and employment policies * financing of welfare states. In the context of globalisation, ageing populations, changing employment patterns and rising inequalities, Nordic Welfare States in the European Context offers an empirical analysis of welfare adaptations and a lively discussion of the historical development of European social policy. It finds a greater ambiguity regarding variation and trends than is commonly suggested. Contrary to expectation, there is little evidence of the Europeanisation of Nordic welfare states, rather the reverse. The comparable and empirical data used in this study make it a unique contribution to understanding current trends in European social policy.

The European Union and the Arctic

Developments and perspectives 2010-2014

Author: Adele Airoldi

Publisher: Nordic Council of Ministers

ISBN: 9289338733

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 66

View: 7931

The report analyses the policy statements on Arctic issues released from 2010 by the EU institutions and the EU’s role-building in the Arctic political framework, notably the Arctic Council. It describes how the EU’s role in the Arctic is seen in strategies and policy papers of Member States, and reports on the EU’s relations with other Arctic actors, particularly indigenous peoples. It gives an overall view of the status of the main EU policies with relevance for the Arctic and identifies the main challenges the EU has to face for progressing to an integrated and coherent Arctic policy.

Rethinking Nordic Cooperation in Higher Education

Intrnationalization [i.e. Internationalization] of Higher Education Institutions in Northern Europe in Light of Bologna

Author: Peter Maassen,Therese Marie Uppstrøm

Publisher: Nordic Council of Ministers

ISBN: 9289311339

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 74

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Delegation and Accountability in European Integration

The Nordic Parliamentary Democracies and the European Union

Author: Torbjorn Bergman,Erik Damgaard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136332871

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 854

Analyzing the effects of the European Union on national decision-making and the chain of delegation and accountability, the authors look at Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway. The analyses are based on principal-agent perspective.

Finland in the European Union

Author: Tapio Raunio,Teija Tiilikainen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135762031

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 8713

With a focus on governmental institutions, this book explores the ways in which EU membership has altered the balance of power among key political actors. The authors discuss cultural adaptation to integration, as well as examining the views of the elite and voters. The transformation in national identity, sovereignty and neutrality are also examined.

European Integration and Housing Policy

Author: Mark Kleinman,Walter Matznetter,Mark Stephens

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415170253

Category: Political Science

Page: 307

View: 6708

This book presents a series of debates arising from the housing needs of different EU countries. The authors address key issues by examining in turn: * the consequences of European integration for different housing markets * the impact of the Maastricht Treaty and other policy documents * the social consequences of integration including income distribution, homelessness and marginal housing estates * current housing policy in the Nordic countries and in Eastern Europe.