The Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics

The Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics


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The Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics provides the most comprehensive and thorough English language book on Danish politics ever written. It features chapters by 50 leading experts who have contributed extensively to the field they write about.
Why is Denmark an interesting topic for a Handbook? In some respects, Danish political institutions and political life are very similar to that of other small, North European countries such as the other Scandinavian countries and Netherland. However, in other respects, Danish politics is interesting in its own right. For instance, Denmark has a world record in minority governments. According to standard scholarly knowledge, this should result in unstable governments and a bad economy. This is not the case, however, since Denmark has a rather stable political system and a strong and robust economy among the strongest in Europe. How? The Danes have continued reservations towards the EU despite close to 50 years of EC/EU membership, and the Danes rejected the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. Still, the EU issue is handled in ways that do not call for large political battles. How? A third example is that Denmark used to be known as a tolerant and liberal society; its Jews were almost all saved during German occupation during WWII, Denmark was the first country to free pornography, and the first country to formally register same-sex couples. Yet recent Danish politics has also been associated with xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiments. Why?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198833598
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/26/2020
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Munk Christiansen, Professor, Aarhus University,J rgen Elklit, Professor, Aarhus University,Peter Nedergaard, Professor, University of Copenhagen

Peter Munk Christiansen is Professor in the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. He is the author of a large number of books, including textbooks, as well as a large number of contributions to edited books and articles in peer reviewed journals. His recent articles have been published in Nature Human Behaviour, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of European Public Policy, Public Administration, West European Politics, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

J rgen Elklit is Professor in the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. His professional interests are elections and electoral systems, political parties, Danish politics, and democratization. He has published widely and also been active as an editor in these areas. Professor Elklit has also been active as an election and democratization expert and advisor since the early 1990s in more than 20 countries, including South Africa, Nepal, Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania, China, and his native Denmark.

Peter Nedergaard is Professor in the department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. He is the author of a large number of books, including textbooks and edited volumes. He has published articles in the journals JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of European Integration, Cooperation & Conflict, German Politics, and Scandinavian Political Studies. He is also the editor of the forthcoming edited volume on Ordoliberalism published by OUP.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why a Book on Danish Politics?, Peter Munk Christiansen, J rgen Elklit, and Peter Nedergaard
Part 1: POLITY
2. The Constitution, Jens Peter Christensen
3. Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Denmark: Unity or Community?, Ulrik Pram Gad
4. The Monarch: Head of State and National Symbol, Jes Fabricius M ller
5. The Electoral System: Fair and Well-Functioning, J rgen Elklit
6. Electoral Turnouts: Strong Social Norms of Voting, Kasper M ller Hansen
7. The Parliament (Folketinget), Helene Helboe Pedersen
8. The Government and the Prime Minister: More Than Primus Inter Pares?, Martin Ejnar Hansen
9. Organizing Central Government: A Pragmatic Meritocracy?, Caroline Howard Gr n and Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen
10. Municipalities and Regions: Approaching the Limit of Decentralization?, Kurt Houlberg and Niels Ejersbo
11. Corporatism: Exaggerated Death Rumours?, Peter Munk Christiansen
12. Corruption and Bureaucratic Reforms: 'Getting to Denmark'?, Mette Frisk Jensen and Gert Tinggaard Svendsen
13. Coordination for the European Union: A Strong and Stable Institution, Mads Dagnis Jensen and Peter Nedergaard
14. Party System: Open yet Stable, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen
15. Governments in Action: Consensual Politics and Minority Governments, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Asbj rn Skj veland
16. Classes and Politics: A Changing Relationship, Gitte Sommer Harrits and Rune Stubager
17. Danish Public Opinion: Stability, Change and Polarization, Peter Thisted Dinesen, Rune Slothuus, and Rune Stubager
18. The Social Democratic Party: From Exponent of Societal Change to Pragmatic Conservatism, Rasmus Mariager and Niels Wium Olesen
19. The Liberal Party: From Agrarian and Liberal to Centre-Right Catch-All, Flemming Juul Christiansen
20. The Danish People's Party: Centre Oriented Populists?, Karina Kosiara-Pedersen
21. The Red-Green Alliance: Is it Red or Green?, Henrik Bech Seeberg and Ann-Kristin K lln
22. Dynamic Stability: The Anchors of Voting Behaviour, Kasper M ller Hansen and Rune Stubager
23. Gender and Politics: The Limits of Equality Politics, Christina Fiig and Birte Siim
24. Local Elections: Localized Voting Within a Nationalized Party System, Ulrik Kj r
25. Referenda in Denmark: Influence on Politics, Derek Beach
26. Media and Politics: The Danish Media System in Transformation?, Thomas Olesen
27. Interest Groups: A Democratic Necessity and a Necessary Evil, Anne Skorkj r Binderkrantz
28. In War and Peace: Security and Defence Policy in a Small State, Anders Wivel
29. Foreign Policy: New Directions in a Changing World Order?, Henrik Larsen
30. Danish European Union Policies: Sailing Between Economic Benefits and Political Sovereignty, Mads Dagnis Jensen and Peter Nedergaard
31. Development Policy: From Consensus to Contention?, Anne Mette Kj r
32. Economic Policy: From Disequilibrium to Flexicurity, Torben M. Andersen
33. Welfare State Policies: From the Beginning towards an End?, Klaus Petersen
34. The Danish Labour Market Model: Is the Bumblebee Still Flying?, Laust H gedahl
35. Education Policy: Power, Conflict, and Cooperation, Susanne Wiborg
36. Health Policy: The Submerged Politics of Free and Equal Access , Lars Thorup Larsen
37. Immigration and Immigrant Integration Policy: Public Opinion or Party Politics?, Kristina Bakk r Simonsen
38. Agricultural and Fisheries Policy: Towards Market Liberalism, Carsten Daugbjerg, Peder Andersen, Henning Otto Hansen, and Brian H. Jacobsen
39. Environmental, Energy, and Climate Policy: From Energy Supply to Climate Gasses, Peter Birch S rensen
40. Research Policy: The Strength of Transformation, Kaare Aagaard and Niels Mejlgaard
41. Polity, Politics, and Policies: A Reconsideration, Peter Munk Christiansen, J rgen Elklit, and Peter Nedergaard

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