Rhetorics of Nordic democracy
Jussi Kurunmäki (editor)
Rhetorics of Nordic democracy

Democracy is today a concept that is overwhelmingly positively evaluated almost everywhere. A lot has been written about socio-economic and cultural backgrounds of democratic regimes as well as their institutional settings. By contrast, not much is known about the political manoeuvres and speech acts by which 'democracy' has been tied to particular regions and cultures in concrete historical situations.

This book discusses a series of efforts to rhetorically produce a particular Nordic version of democracy. It shows that the rhetorical figure 'Nordic democracy' was a product of the age of totalitarianism and the Cold War. It explores the ways in which 'Nordic democracy' was used, mainly by the social democrats, to provide the welfare politics with cultural and historical legitimacy and foundations. Thus, it also acknowledges the ideological and geopolitical context in which the 'Nordic welfare state' was conceptualised and canonised.

The contributors of the book are specialists on Nordic politics and history, who share a particular interest in political rhetoric and conceptual history.

Rhetorics of Nordic Democracy
Title Page
Copyright Page
Introduction: ‘Nordic Democracy’ in a World of Tensions
‘Nordic Democracy’ in 1935
Why ‘Nordic Democracy’?
Sharing Values and Shaping Values
Keeping up the Morale
Reformism and ‘Nordic Democracy’
Scandinavianism, Nordic Co-operation, and ‘Nordic Democracy’
Visiting Nordic Modernity around 1900
The Language of Democracy in Eighteenth-Century Reformist Thought
From Agrarian Republicanism to the Politics of Neutrality
Parliamentarian Democracy Going Global
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