Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference

Politics and Bureaucracy in the Norwegian Welfare State

An Anthropological Approach

Authors: Vike, Halvard

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  • Integrates historical perspectives with classical anthropological treatments of political power and conflict 
  • Offers original anthropological takes on some of political science's and political philosophy's major themes: Western democracy, conceptions of freedom, the role of the public sector, bureaucracy, and modernity
  • Explores equality as an issue of negotiation and social control
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The book aims to explain the emergence of the Norwegian—and to some extent, the Scandinavian—welfare state in historical and anthropological terms. Halvard Vike argues that particular forms of political grassroots mobilization contributed heavily to what he calls “a low level of gravity state”—a political order in which decentralized institutions make it possible to curtail centralizing forces. While there is a large international literature on the Nordic welfare states, there is limited knowledge about how these states are embedded in local contexts. Vike's approach is based on an ethnographic practice which may be labeled “in and out of institutions.” It is based on ethnographic work in municipal assemblies, local bureaucracies, political parties, voluntary organizations, and various informal contexts.

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Halvard Vike is Professor of Anthropology at University College of Southeast Norway and Telemark Research Institute, Norway. He has more than 25 years of experience with ethnographic work in political contexts in Norway, and been much involved in applied research on local arenas. His main area of interest is the emergence and transformation of political institutions and states.   

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics and Bureaucracy in the Norwegian Welfare State
Book Subtitle
An Anthropological Approach
Authors
Series Title
Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64137-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64137-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64136-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87732-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 188
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