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The Madisonian Turn
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This book is unique in its comparative scope and the wealth of information on the state of parliamentary democracy in the Nordic countries. It is particularly useful for the comparativists who do not come from these countries, because the original literature which it covers in detail is often not accessible for the English-speaking audience. ---Hanspeter Kriesi, University of Zurich Parliamentary democracy is the most common regime type in the contemporary political world, but the quality of governance depends on effective parliamentary oversight and strong political parties. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden have traditionally been strongholds of parliamentary democracy. In recent years, however, critics have suggested that new challenges such as weakened popular attachment, the advent of cartel parties, the judicialization of politics, and European integration have threatened the institutions of parliamentary democracy in the Nordic region. This volume examines these claims and their implications. The authors find that the Nordic states have moved away from their previous resemblance to a Westminster model toward a form of parliamentary democracy with more separation-of-powers features---a Madisonian model. These features are evident both in vertical power relations (e.g., relations with the European Union) and horizontal ones (e.g., increasingly independent courts and central banks). Yet these developments are far from uniform and demonstrate that there may be different responses to the political challenges faced by contemporary Western democracies. Torbjörn Bergman is Professor of Political Science at Umeå University, Sweden. Kaare Strøm is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Theory and Background
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Parliamentary Democracies under Siege?
  2. pp. 3-34
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  1. 2. Nordic Europe in Comparative Perspective
  2. pp. 35-64
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  1. The Five Nordics
  2. pp. 65-66
  1. 3. Change and Challenges of Danish Parliamentary Democracy
  2. pp. 67-111
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  1. 4. Finland: Moving in the Opposite Direction
  2. pp. 112-157
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  1. 5. Iceland: Dramatic Shifts
  2. pp. 158-199
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  1. 6. Norway: From H
  2. pp. 200-250
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  1. 7. Swedish Democracy: Crumbling Political Parties, a Feeble Riksdag, and Technocratic Power Holders?
  2. pp. 251-294
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  1. Comparative Conclusions
  2. pp. 295-296
  1. 8. Parties and Party Systems in the North
  2. pp. 297-328
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  1. 9. East-West Conflict and Europeanization: International Effects on Democratic Politics in the Nordic States
  2. pp. 329-355
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  1. 10. The Nordics: Demanding Citizens, Complex Polities
  2. pp. 356-388
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 389-392
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 393-398
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 399-417
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