The Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics

ISBN : 9780198833598

Peter Munk Christiansen; Jorgen Elklit; Peter Nedergaard
752 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
May 2020
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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?


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

About the author: 

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.; Jorgen 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.

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