Rhetorics of Nordic Democracy

Kurunmäki, Jussi; Strang, Johan
Title: Rhetorics of Nordic Democracy
Authors: Kurunmäki, Jussi (Editor)
Strang, Johan (Editor)
Product number: 9789522222282
Product form: Paperback
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Publ. product code: 1322070
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Studia Fennica Historica 17
Edition: 2010
Publication year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 297
Product family: History
Studia Fennica Historica
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YSO - General Finnish ontology: historia, poliittinen viestintä, kielenkäyttö, retoriikka, politiikka, hyvinvointivaltio, poliittiset järjestelmät, demokratia, käsitteet, pohjoismainen yhteistyö
Key words: Concepts, Political Systems, Nordic cooperation, Democracy, Welfare State
Democracy is today a concept that is overwhelmingly positively evaluated almost everywhere. A lot has been written about socio-economic and cultural backgrounds of democratic regimes as well as their institutional settings. By contrast, not much is known about the political manoeuvres and speech acts by which democracy has been tied to particular regions and cultures in concrete historical situations.

This book discusses a series of efforts to rhetorically produce a particular Nordic version of democracy. It shows that the rhetorical figure 'Nordic democracy' was a product of the age of totalitarianism and the Cold War. It explores the ways in which 'Nordic democracy' was used, mainly by the social democrats, to provide the welfare politics with cultural and historical legitimacy and foundations. Thus, it also acknowledges the ideological and geopolitical context in which the 'Nordic welfare state' was conceptualised and canonised.

The contributors of the book are specialists on Nordic politics and history, who share a particular interest in political rhetoric and conceptual history.