Parliamentary Government in the Nordic Countries at a Crossroads

Coping with Challenges from Europeanisation and Presidentialisation

Guy-Erik Isaksson, Thomas Persson

Despite long tradition of stable parliamentary democracy, the Nordic countries are not unaffected by the profound changes taking place in the parliaments of Europe. This book seeks to address these challenges to the Nordic parliamentary systems.

Despite their long tradition of stable parliamentary democracy, the Nordic countries have not gone unaffected by the profound changes taking place in Europe. In recent years, some scholars have claimed that executive-legislative relations are undergoing fundamental changes in the Nordic countries and elsewhere. More powers are suggested to be transferred to political executives at the expense of parliaments, while powers inside government cabinets are increasingly concentrated in the hands of prime ministers.

This volume seeks to address these challenges to the Nordic parliamentary systems. Due to the alleged strong reliance on power-sharing in these countries between the executive and the legislature on the one hand, and between the prime minister and his/her cabinet ministers on the other, the Nordic countries should be particularly resistant to such trends. Yet, the authors find that parliamentary government in the Nordic countries appears to be undergoing significant changes. It seems therefore that the Nordic parliamentary systems are now at an important crossroads. The evidence presented in this volume, however, yields a rather mixed picture of where the development is going.

Bandtyp: Häftad

ISBN: 978-91-7335-026-6

Språk: Engelska

Originalspråk: Engelska

Kategori: • Santérus Academic Press

Etiketter: Statsvetenskap

Utgivning: september 2011

Format: 142x215

Antal sidor: 329

Lagerstatus: Beställningsvara

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Guy-Erik Isaksson is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Åbo Akademi University. His research interests include parliamentary rule, coalition formation and the political system of Finland.

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Thomas Persson är docent i statskunskap vid Uppsala universitet. Han är sedan 2009 ordförande i nätverket för Europaforskning i statsvetenskap. Persson forskar om den europeiska integrationens effekter på nationella parlament och regeringar. Han studerar även intressegruppers deltagande i EU:s beslutsprocesser och dess konsekvenser för demokratin.


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