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The Immigration Issue in Nordic Public spheres 1970-2016, Winter Symposium of the SCANPUB Project. January 25-26, 2018, Helsinki

SCANPUB is financed by the Norwegian Research Council and the University of Bergen. It started up 1 August 2016 and will run until July 2020. It has 3PhD students and 2 postdocs and involves researchers at the universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.

A short description of the project:

Starting from the general observation that Denmark, Norway and Sweden in spite of all their similarities and close ties have had strikingly different public discourses on the issue of immigration, and have developed quite different political regimes in relevant policy areas, SCANPUB seeks to analyse and compare public discourses on immigration in Scandinavia, enabling (a) comprehensive and comparative description of developments and a basis for (b) a normative evaluation and (c) an attempt at a set of explanations. The issue is well suited for a study of how liberal democracy handles important, complex issues. SCANPUB is therefore also designed to (d) improve public sphere theory in areas concerning the forms and role of deliberation in actually existing democracies, and the continued role of the nation-state.