Is there a Nordic Approach to Questions of Democracy in Studies of Network Governance?

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Is there a Nordic Approach to Questions of Democracy in Studies of Network Governance?
Author Hall, Patrik ; Kettunen, Pekka ; Löfgren, Karl ; Ringholm, Toril
Date 2009
English abstract
The notion of democratic network governance has attracted growing interest among students of local and regional governance in all the Nordic countries since the 1990s. This article examines whether research in this area reflects a particular Nordic account of democracy. The Nordic countries have strong traditions of local autonomy, local networks and the inclusion of civil society associations. The authors find reason to expect that the Nordic traditions of local and regional governance may have stimulated a common approach to democracy questions with the features of an integrative perspective. At the same time, the differences in the history of democratisation are likely to have urged the approach in different directions. Using evidence from a literature review, the article suggests that, rather than a fully fledged theory, democracy with an intriguing potential and with nuances exists as an issue in the Nordic governance studies.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930903411675 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Local Government Studies;5
Volume 35
ISSN 1743-9388
0300-3930
Pages 515-538
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9294 Permalink to this page
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