Table of contents
1. Parliamentary Democracies under Siege?
Kaare Strøm and Torbjörn Bergman
2. Nordic Europe in Comparative Perspective
Torbjörn Bergman and Kaare Strøm
3. Change and Challenges of Danish Parliamentary Democracy
4. Finland: Moving in the Opposite Direction
5. Iceland: Dramatic Shifts
Svanur Kristjánsson and Indridi H. Indridason
6. Norway: from Hønsvaldian Parliamentarism Back to Madisonian Roots
Hanne Marthe Narud and Kaare Strøm
7. Swedish Democracy: Crumbling Political Parties, a Feeble Riksdag, and Technocratic Power Holders?
Torbjörn Bergman and Niklas Bolin
8. Parties and Party Systems in the North
9. East-west Conflict and Europeanization: International Effects on Democratic Politics in the Nordic States
10. The Nordics: Demanding Citizens, Complex Polities
Torbjörn Bergman and Kaare Strøm
Nicholas Aylott is associate professor of political science at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. His main interest is comparative European politics, with a special focus on Scandinavia and political parties. He has authored and co-authored various books and journal articles in these fields. Much of his most recent work focuses on party organization.
Torbjörn Bergman is research professor of political science at Södertörn University, Stockholm, and at Umeå University. He has also recently been professor of political science at Luleå University of Technology. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of California, San Diego, and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His most recent publications | include two books with Oxford University Press, Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies (2003) and Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining (2008), both coedited with Kaare Strøm and Wolfgang C. Müller.
Niklas Bolin is a graduate student in political science at Umeå University, Sweden. His dissertation examines new political parties and the conditions under which they enter national parliaments. His most recent publication is ‘Towards a Two-Party System? The Swedish Parliamentary Election of September 2006’ in West European Politics (2007), co-authored with Nicholas Aylott.
Erik Damgaard is professor emeritus of political science at Aarhus University, Denmark. His professional interests include legislative studies, parliamentary government, coalition studies, and democratic theory. Over the past several decades he has published widely in both books and journals about Danish and Nordic parliaments. His most recent publications include articles in The Journal of Legislative Studies with Henrik Jensen (in 2005 and 2006) and Flemming Juul Christiansen (2008).
Indridi Indridason is assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. His current research is in the areas of comparative political institutions and applied game theory with a focus on electoral systems, electoral behavior, coalition formation, and cabinet management strategies. His recent work has been published in journals such as Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Economics and Politics, and Journal of Peace Research.
Cynthia Kite is assistant professor of political science at Umeå University. Her main interests are comparative politics and international relations. She has authored and co-authored book chapters and has published in the European Journal of Political Research.
Svanur Kristjánsson is professor of political science at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. He has mainly published on theories of democracy and the development of democracy in Iceland. His most recent research contribution in English is ‘Iceland: Searching for Democracy along Three Dimensions of Citizen Control’ in Scandinavian Political Studies (2004).
Hanne Marthe Narud is professor of political science at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her academic work has been in the fields of elections, parties, coalition governance, and political representation. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands,; the University of California, San Diego,; the University of Gothenburg, Sweden,; and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Wassenaar. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium of Political Research, and a member of the Evaluation Committee for the Social Sciences, the Norwegian Research Council, and is a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA).
Tapio Raunio is professor of political science at the University of Tampere. His research interests include the role of national legislatures and parties in European integration, the European Parliament, Europarties, and the Finnish political system. He has published articles in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Party Politics, and Scandinavian Political Studies. He has also recently co-edited, with John O’Brennan, the volume National Parliaments within the Enlarged European Union: From ‘Victims’ of Integration to Competitive Actors? (2007).
Kaare Strøm is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, and senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Civil War, International Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), Norway. He has authored or edited a large number of scholarly articles and books on political parties, parliamentary democracy, and coalition bargaining, including most recently Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining, with Wolfgang C. Müller and Torbjörn Bergman (2008). Strøm is a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA) and of the Royal Norwegian Society for Science and the Arts.