Nordic Openness: Opportunities and Limits of a Consensual Political Culture

Projektin yksityiskohdat


Nordic Openness is a multidisciplinary research project, which is expected to be concluded in December 2012. It is conducted by Norbert Götz (project director), Tero Erkkilä, Johannes Kananen, Carl Marklund and Johanna Rainio-Niemi. The project is a collaborative enterprise of representatives of different scholarly fields and applies a multidisciplinary approach, primarily relying on the disciplines of history and social science history, political science and social policy, as well as regional studies (Nordic studies as well as German and Central European studies). It engages in a dialogue with other disciplines, in particular law and communication studies, and integrates methods and expertise of a variety of scientific approaches. The research activities are firmly anchored in a number of profiled international scholarly networks and research projects dealing with European studies and regional integration, political culture, the public sphere and conceptual history.

The project analyses specific Nordic patterns of transparency and accessibility from historical-institutional and conceptual history point of views. It suggests the concept of (conditioned) openness as an overarching framework that provides and fosters a deeper trans-disciplinary understanding of Nordic political culture in its European context. By analysing the concept “Nordic openness” and the multi-layered practices related to it the project enhances understanding of a key peculiarity of Nordic political culture that is relevant to Nordic identity as well as Nordic national identities and attracts attention within the European Union and in the world at large. The aim is to critically map out the scope and applicability of openness in the Nordic countries, in particular in Finland and Sweden, in order to foster a deeper trans-disciplinary understanding of Nordic political culture and to assess its eligibility as a “model”. These insights are illuminated in a comparative European context.

The project targets the notion of “Nordic openness” in a transdisciplinary perspective, paying special attention to the interplay between the institutions regulating openness/restrictedness (a polity-oriented or institutional approach) and the debates and policy-making regulating these issues (a conceptual history approach). The innovative contribution of Nordic Openness is that it understands a political culture of openness that offers specific opportunities and is object to specific limitations as an independent variable that connects the maze of observations made in various disciplines. The project, thus, embeds relevant intra-disciplinary topics in an overarching framework that provides and fosters a deeper trans-disciplinary understanding.
Todellinen alku/loppupvm01/01/200831/12/2012


  • Unknown funder: 140 000,00 €
  • Unknown funder: 50 700,00 €


  • 517 Valtio-oppi, hallintotiede
  • 615 Historia ja arkeologia


The Political Culture of Nordic Self-Understanding: Power Investigation

Elmgren, A. (toim.) & Götz, N. (toim.), 2015, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 128 Sivumäärä

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