Nordic Cooperation Revisited

This researcher network aims to prove that it is a major inaccuracy to look upon the history of the Nordic co-operation as a series of failures. The point of departure of the network is that the way the co-operation has been successful is at the same time unique in an international comparison. The Nordic practices should be acknowledged as relevant also for regional cooperation in other parts of the world.

The research on Nordic cooperation has been limited, and most part of the literature on the Nordic experiences concludes that there is particular need to focus on crisis and ruptures. This network has another point of departure, surmising that the research has to a large extent been obsessed precisely with the failures, the unsuccessful efforts to build Nordic co-operation, starting with the political fiasco of the Scandinavist movement of the 1860s.

The network will analyse:

  • the rhythm of Nordic co-operation, periodising the history of co-operation according to which sections of society have been particularly dynamic collaborators and which sections have expressed resistance to the very idea of Nordic co-operation
  • different types of transnational co-operation in a comparative perspective
  • what the impact is of joint Nordic action in international arenas
  • the role of transnational Nordic co-operation among alternative schemes and organisations for transnational cooperation

The network's research research training aim at showing that research on Nordic co-operation will remain topical as a crucial field of critical knowledge production. The research on regional collaboration and transnational practices is future-oriented with a potential to recruit PhD students within and from outside the Nordic countries.

The network will arrange three conferences and, based on these, publish three volumes on following themes:

  1. The logic of transnational co-operation within different sections of society
  2. Nordic transnational citizenship
  3. Nordic co-operation in a changing world
Facts about the project
Project leader

Henrik Stenius, University of Helsinki, Finland