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Filip Wijkström and Annette Zimmer (eds): Nordic Civil Society at a Cross-Roads. Transforming the Popular Movement Tradition

Nomos/CINEFOGO, Baden-Baden, 2011, 338 pp., €49,00 (paperback)
  • Martti Muukkonen
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When a new book comes from civil society scholars in Stockholm School of Economics, a reader can expect an interesting reading session. This anthology is not an exception.

One can, naturally, ask like Hvenmark and Larsen (p. 179) in their article: “Why is Swedish civil society interesting for an international audience?” Trägård (p. 315) argues “in qualitative terms, there is an argument to be made for the viability of the Nordic model of reconciling vibrant capitalism with a proactive state that not only serves as a safety net but also as an enabler of social mobility and economic efficiency.” In general, as he continues, there is a tendency that Nordic countries are constantly “at the top of international ranking lists both in terms of economic clout, social capital, and quality of life.” This is true in the current Euro crisis as well: all Nordic countries (except Iceland due to its banking adventure) belong to AAA-class according to all rating institutions.

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References

  1. Muukkonen, M. (2008). The power of belief in European welfare-thinking. In J. Langer (Ed.), Forces shaping the EU (pp. 153–173). Frankfurt a/M: Peter Lang.Google Scholar
  2. Muukkonen, M. (2009). Framing the field: civil society and related concepts. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 38(4), 684–700.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nurmijärvi Lutheran ParishRajamäkiFinland

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