Rhetorics of Nordic democracy
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Rhetorics of Nordic democracy

By Jussi Kurunmäki (editor)
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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents
  • Rhetorics of Nordic Democracy
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • 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
  • Contributors
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