Nordic Co-operation Revisited

Project Leader Henrik Stenius
Time span of the project 1.10.2011–-30.9.2014

The research on Nordic co-operation has been limited, leaving important issues and perspectives without much notice. Most of the literature on the Nordic experiences concludes that what is particularly needed is focusing on crises and ruptures. This network, Nordic Co-operation Revisited, has another point of departure, surmising that the research has to a large extent been obsessed precisely with the failures, the unsuccessful efforts to build Nordic co-operation, starting with the political fiasco of the Scandinavist movement of the 1860s.The networks aims to prove that it is a major inaccuracy to look upon the history of the Nordic co-operation as a series of failures and that one should instead be sensitive to the ways in which Nordic co-operation has been successful.

The point of departure of the network is that the way the co-operation has been successful is at the same time unique in an international comparison and that the way it is unique has to do with the kind of practices the Nordic co-operation has generated. These should be acknowledged as good practices which have relevance also for regional co-operation in other parts of the world. In order to achieve this goal, the network will analyse the rhythm of Nordic co-operation, periodising the history of co-operation according to which sections of society have been particularly dynamic collaborators and which sections have expressed resistance to the very idea of Nordic co-operation.

The network consists of five research groups:

Group 1: Security policy
Group 2: Trade and commerce
Group 3: Governmental activities
Group 4: Social politics
Group 5: Voluntary sector

Kick off-meeting 29–30 October 2012, Helsinki

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