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The Nordic Model of Social Democracy

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Introduction

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 1-15
  3. Origins

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. The Birth of the Social Democratic Movement (1848–1916)

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 19-35
    3. Towards a Nordic Model (1916–1940)

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 36-53
    4. Planning the Welfare State (1940–1970)

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 54-73
  4. Social Democracy and the Nordic Model

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-75
    2. The Nordic Model in a Global Economy

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 77-93
    3. The Welfare State: The Good Life or Dependency?

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 94-108
    4. A Better and More Organized World

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 109-123
  5. Is the Nordic Model Sustainable?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 125-125
    2. Economic Growth and Environmental Protection

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 127-143
    3. The Sustainability of the Welfare State

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 144-158
    4. Liberty, Empowerment, and Community

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 159-174
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 175-175
    2. Concluding Essay: The Power of Politics

      • Nik Brandal, Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen
      Pages 177-189
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 190-214

About this book

Social Democracy has long been prominent in Nordic politics through the dominant parties and ideological hegemony of the centre-left. This book explores the growth of social democracy and the policy dilemmas that social democrats face today. It breaks new ground by relating recent literature on social democracy in Europe to Scandinavia.

Reviews

“This concise volume traces the development of the social democratic of the social democratic movement and parties in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden from their mid-nineteenth-century origins to the present. … This is a well-written monograph that would enrich courses on modern Scandinavia or even European politics.” (Eric S. Einhorn, Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 89 (1), 2017) 

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway

    Nik Brandal

  • Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway

    Øivind Bratberg, Dag Einar Thorsen

About the authors

NIKOLAI BRANDAL is a PhD fellow at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway. 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, Norway. 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, Norway 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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