Popular Struggle and Democracy in Scandinavia


  • Flemming Mikkelsen
  • Knut Kjeldstadli
  • Stefan Nyzell

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Flemming Mikkelsen, Stefan Nyzell
    Pages 1-10
  3. Denmark

  4. Norway

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Hilde Sandvik
      Pages 165-199
    3. Idar Helle, Tiago Matos
      Pages 245-275
  5. Sweden

  6. Comparison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 433-433
    2. Flemming Mikkelsen, Stefan Nyzell
      Pages 435-457

About this book



This book focuses on popular struggles in Denmark, Norway and Sweden from 1700-2015, and how popular struggle in the form of hunger riots, tax rebellions, petition drives, strikes, demonstrations, public meetings and social movements paved the way for the introduction and development of civil liberties and political rights. The author portrays social and political mass mobilization of ordinary people as vital to the construction of democracy, and an essential condition for the formation of the Scandinavian welfare states.

Popular Struggle and Democracy in Scandinavia shows the transnational connections between Denmark, Norway and Sweden and between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, and also contains a comparison of popular struggle in Scandinavia seen in a wider European perspective.

The book will be of interest to social scientists, historians and students and researchers with an interest in popular struggles in Scandinavia.


democracy political science politics social science sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Flemming Mikkelsen
    • 1
  • Knut Kjeldstadli
    • 2
  • Stefan Nyzell
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  3. 3.Department of HistoryMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57849-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57855-6
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