Do-Gooders at the End of Aid: Scandinavian Humanitarianism in the Twenty-First Century
by Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée and Kristian Bjørkdahl
Cambridge University Press 2021
Available as Open Access on Cambridge Core: https://cambridge.org/core/books/dogooders-at-the-end-of-aid/388DFEA55D…
Scandinavian countries are routinely considered exceptional for their commitment to development cooperation, peace mediation, and humanitarian action. This book highlights how the political culture of Scandinavia is indeed characterized by the idea of doing good on the world stage, but then shows how this 'Scandinavian humanitarian brand' is an asset that policymakers and others can capitalize on to legitimize policy interventions and ideas, or to advance commercial, diplomatic, and security interests. Providing case studies from all Scandinavian countries, this book shows how the brand is made, reinforced, and used in a variety of policy contexts, from foreign aid and humanitarian assistance; to military operations, peace-building, and mediation; to migration policy, global health, and international cooperation. A key objective of the book is to explain why the Scandinavian humanitarian brand retains such apparent resilience in a time when Scandinavia's characteristic approach to world affairs seems challenged from many sides at once.
Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée, Kristian Bjørkdahl, Christopher R. Browning, Wayne Stephen Coetzee, Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Adam Moe Fejerskov, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Simon Reid Henry, Carl Marklund, Desmond McNeill, Ada Nissen, Johan Karlsson Schaffer.
The publication has been supported by ReNEW and UiO Nordic.