External Danger and Democracy: Old Nordic Lessons and New European Challenges

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Dartmouth Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1997 - Political Science - 173 pages
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Nordic democracies have been impressively able to survive and cope with external danger during and after World War II, paradoxically through the curtailment of democracy. According to sociological theory, external danger typically leads to internal cohesion and centralization. This book investigates how far the general theory reaches beyond the classic Nordic cases. Is the theory also relevant in the face of dangers prevailing in post-Cold War Europe? What about the danger to the basic autonomy of EU members from the European Union that they have chosen to join voluntarily? Although the EU, including its Commission, is a peculiar entity in a historical perspective, it actually tends to encourage a good deal of conventional danger responses at the national level: top level centralization of decision-making, bureaucratic centralization and party cohesion. Not least the Nordic countries seem to apply their classic danger lessons a bit uncritically during the new circumstances.

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