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Nationalism and Democracy in the Welfare State

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Nationalism and Democracy in the Welfare State

9781788976572 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Pauli Kettunen, Professor Emeritus of Political History, University of Helsinki, Finland, Saara Pellander, Director and Miika Tervonen, Senior Research Fellow, Migration Institute of Finland
Publication Date: January 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78897 657 2 Extent: c 264 pp
This multidisciplinary book unpacks and outlines the contested roles of nationalism and democracy in the formation and transformation of welfare-state institutions and ideologies. At a time when neo-liberal, post-national and nationalist visions alike have challenged democratic welfare nationalism, the book offers a transnational historical perspective to the political dynamics of current changes. While particularly focusing on Nordic countries, often seen as the quintessential ‘models’ of the welfare state, the book collectively sheds light on the ‘history of the present’ of nation states bearing the character of a welfare state.

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This multidisciplinary book unpacks and outlines the contested roles of nationalism and democracy in the formation and transformation of welfare-state institutions and ideologies. At a time when neo-liberal, post-national and nationalist visions alike have challenged democratic welfare nationalism, the book offers a transnational historical perspective to the political dynamics of current changes. While particularly focusing on Nordic countries, often seen as the quintessential ‘models’ of the welfare state, the book collectively sheds light on the ‘history of the present’ of nation states bearing the character of a welfare state.

Initial chapters discuss the contested roles and meanings of democracy in the formation of the so-called ‘Nordic model’ of welfare, exploring its development in connection with rhetorical de-ideologization during and after the Cold War and with concerns about global development. Contributors further examine the ways in which national welfare states and their democratic dimensions are reshaped in the context of post-national regulation regimes of globalized and financialized capitalism. In the final chapters, the book explores the implications of welfare nationalism for cross-border mobility, analysing paradoxes and inherent tensions at the heart of contemporary migration politics. The analyses point to the integral role of nationalism in the formation of the democratic welfare states, as well as in the present-day goals of national competitiveness and security.

Providing key theoretical insights for the study of welfare nationalism, this book is essential reading for scholars, researchers and students of the social and political sciences who are interested in the enduring transformation of the welfare state, and particularly those investigating the emergence and growth of the Nordic model. Policymakers and practitioners will also benefit from this multi-layered, empirical account of contemporary policy problems.
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‘The growth of global interdependencies and cross-border mobility of capital and people have created new preconditions for nationalism. This book provides an outstanding contribution to the study of the contested roles of nationalism and democracy in the formation and transformation of welfare states.’
– Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen, Norway, and Hertie School, The University of Governance, Berlin, Germany

‘There are many discussions of the relative importance in today’s political conflicts of culture and class, and of the ambiguous relationships among market liberalism, nationalism and the welfare state. But there are very few that confront these issues as thoroughly, boldly and forensically as the authors of this excellent and well integrated collection.’
– Colin Crouch, University of Warwick, UK and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany
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