Neoliberalism in the Nordics
The research programme “Neoliberalism in the Nordics: developing an absent theme” intends to develop an understanding of neoliberalism in the Nordic welfare states, and specifically, of the role of the welfare state and a set of political alliances surrounding and including social democracy, not merely as the targets of neoliberal critique but as the vehicles of a specific Nordic variant of neoliberalism.
The programme aims to develop a new research theme around the expressions of neoliberalism in the Northern European, by building a strong team of intellectual, conceptual, political, economic, social and cultural historians working periphery across Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.
It has two specific aims: first, to re-examine key economic social and political changes in the Nordic countries and explain why and how neoliberalism happened in political cultures and welfare statist societies that, according to the dominant literature in social science, should not have been conducive to it. Second, to bring the particular experiences of the Nordics to the larger field of neoliberalism research globally, by re-examining the role of Nordic progressive cultures as distinct carriers of a ‘local’ variant of neoliberalism.