Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics

Nordic States and European Integration

Awkward Partners in the North?

Editors: Stegmann McCallion, Malin, Brianson, Alex (Eds.)

  • Addresses the concept of 'awkwardness', which has rarely been addressed in a systematic way and never in relation to the Nordic StatesFocuses on an area of study which is of increasing interest in the context of a potential ‘Brexit’ from the EU
  • Analyses the implications of 'awkwardness' for broader, potentially cross-regional, study of awkward partners in regional integration
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This book provides the first lengthy study of awkward states/partners in regional integration. Is awkwardness a characteristic of states in many global regions, or is it reducible to the particular case of the United Kingdom in European integration? The authors assess how far the concept of ‘awkwardness’ can travel, and apply it to the cases of the Nordic States’ involvement in and with the European Union - Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway. The renewed interest in the Nordic region is in part thanks to recent events in the on-going crisis of European integration, and particular its member states’ response to the refugee question, which appears to be undermining years of intra-regional solidarity even between the Nordic countries. The security dimension of the region further broadens the book’s readership beyond Nordic Politics specialists to IR scholars, as the Nordic countries share borders with Russia and are key players in the Baltic Sea Strategy seeking to involve Russia in looser forms of regional cooperation.

About the authors

Malin Stegmann McCallion is Reader in Political Science at Karlstad University, Sweden. She has published in journals such as L'Europe en formation, Journal of European Integration, Regional Studies, and Regional and Federal Studies. Her research interests are regionalisation, multi-level governance and Swedish membership in the European Union. She is currently the Swedish expert with the Assembly of European Regions.

Alex Brianson is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Kent’s Global Europe Centre, UK. He was formerly Professor of EU Politics at the University of Surrey, and previously held chairs at Brunel University and the University of Limerick. His research interests have focused on democracy and reform of the EU, differentiated integration, Green approaches to European integration, and comparative regional integration/regionalism.

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“This is an invigorating comparative assessment of awkward states that opens up new avenues for research and sophisticated conceptual advances.  It illustrates that there are many awkward states in regional integration – and so it is especially timely. The study of these Nordic states provides us with excellent scholarly expertise in one accessible volume.” (Professor Philomena Murray, the University of Melbourne, Australia)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Awkward Partners in the North?

    Stegmann McCallion, Malin (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • As Awkward as They Need to Be: Denmark’s Pragmatic Activist Approach to Europe

    Wivel, Anders

    Pages 13-34

  • Re-Assessing Finland’s Integration Policy: The End of Domestic Consensus?

    Ojanen, Hanna (et al.)

    Pages 35-58

  • Swedish Awkwardness à La Carte? The Difference a Question Mark Can Make

    Stegmann McCallion, Malin

    Pages 59-78

  • From ‘Awkward Partner’ to ‘Awkward Partnership’? Explaining Norway’s Paradoxical Relations with the European Union

    Gänzle, Stefan (et al.)

    Pages 79-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nordic States and European Integration
Book Subtitle
Awkward Partners in the North?
Editors
  • Malin Stegmann McCallion
  • Alex Brianson
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57562-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57562-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57561-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 143
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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