Final Program

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Registration (Friday 12:00-13:00 CET — 7:00 to 8:00 AM EDT)

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Session 1 (Friday 13:00-14:30 CET — 8:00 to 9:30 AM EDT)

Small States (Session 1 / Room 1): “Grand challenges in the Nordic model: regulatory responses and outcomes 1” with Caroline de la Porte (Chair), Mads Dagnis Jensen, and Jens Arnholtz

  • “The Nordic Model of Regulation and Grand Challenges: 5 ways of going Nordic” by Caroline de la Porte, Mads Dagnis Jensen, and Jon Kvist
  • “Nordic labour markets in a regulatory dilemma between transparency and opaque self-governance: the case of posted work in Norway, Denmark and Sweden” by Jens Arnholtz
  • “The Nordic governments’ initial responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: a comparative study of variation in regulation and governance” by Mads Dagnis Jensen (with Tom Christensen, Michael Kluth, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, Kennet Lynggaard, Per Lægreid, Risto Niemikari, and Tapio Raunio)

Welfare & Democracy (Session 1 / Room 2): “The Nordic media welfare system losing track of children and young audiences?” with Thomas Enemark Lundtofte (Co-Chair), Line Nybro Petersen (Co-Chair), Cathrin Bengesser, Pia M. Jensen, and Anne M. Waade

  • “Passing Public Service Media Practices on to Pre-school Children: The Case of ‘DR Ramasjang’” by Thomas Enemark Lundtofte
  • “No Country for Young Audiences: Negotiating intergenerational audiences of streaming series SKAM” by Line Nybro Petersen
  • “Convenience or relevance: Motivations of young Danish audiences turn away from” by Cathrin Bengesser
  • “Is the Nordic media welfare system facing a crisis? Young audiences’ media use and their notions of quality and relevance” by Pia M. Jensen and Anne M. Waade

Circulation (Session 1 / Room 3):The Making and Circulation of the Nordic models” with Haldor Byrkjeflot, Klaus Petersen, Mads Mordhorst (Chair), Byron Rom-Jensen,  Vivien Schmidt and Carl Marklund (Discussants)

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  • “Nordics as models: circulation and contestation” by Haldor Byrkjeflot
  • “Images of the Nordic welfare model – Historical layers and ambiguities” by Klaus Petersen and Pauli Kettunen
  • “Agents of the Nordic Model: Translators and Proselytizers in the United States” by Byron Rom-Jensen
  • “What is truly Scandinavian?” by Mads Mordhorts
  • Discussants: Vivien Schmidt and Carl Marklund

Globalization & Liberalism (Session 1 / Room 4): “Nordic Geopolitical Identity and Transatlantic Relations before and after the Cold War” with Jussi Hanhimäki, Rinna Kullaa (Chair), and Peter Stadius

  • “Transatlantic Relations since the end of the Cold War and the Nordic Geopolitical Identity” by Jussi Hanhimäki
  • “Nordic States as Actors of International Relations in the Middle East and Africa after the End of the Cold War” by Rinna Kullaa
  • “Strategies of Belonging and Geopolitics: Pan-Nordism in European and Trans-Atlantic Comparison 1919-1940” by Peter Stadius

Friday Plenary Panel (Friday 14:30-16:00 CET — 09:30 to 11:00 EDT)

  • “Reconsidering the Nordic Model” with Torben Iversen, Chris Howell, and Cathie Jo Martin

The first plenary panel on “Reconsidering the Nordic Model” opens with introductions by Cathie Jo Martin (Boston University), Peter Stadius (director of ReNEW) and Nicola Anne Witcombe ( The panel considers the impact of neoliberalism and the endurance of the Nordic model.

Session 2 (Friday 16:00-17:30 CET — 11:00 to 12:30 EDT)

Small States (Session 2 / Room 1): “Grand challenges in the Nordic model: regulatory responses and outcomes 2” with Caroline de la Porte, Trine Larsen, Åsa Lundqvist, Anna Ilsøe (Chair), Fredrik Söderqvist, Zhen Im, Young Shin, and Sidesel Eriksen

  • Regulating the Nordic social investment state: Early childhood education and care in Sweden and Denmark” by Caroline de la Porte, Trine Larsen, and Åsa Lundqvist
  • “A Nordic response to the platform economy? Labour platforms as rule-makers in Denmark and Sweden” by Anna Ilsøe and Fredrik Söderqvist
  • Who gets labour market training? Access biases of social investment in Finland” by Zhen Im and Young Shin
  • Narratives and Neoliberalism” by Sidsel Eriksen

Welfare & Democracy (Session 2 / Room 2): “Comparing the Social Democratic and the Liberal models” with Cathie Jo Martin (Chair), Erik Olsson, Lane Kenworthy, and Jón Ólafsson

  • “Cultural Images of Labor Conflict and Coordination: Literature and the Evolution of Industrial Relations Systems.” by Cathie Jo Martin, Erik Olsson, and Dennie Nijhuis
  • “Monetary cultures: the political construction of modern banking in 19th-century Britain and Sweden” by Erik Olsson
  • “Social Democratic Capitalism and the Good Society” by Lane Kenworthy
  • Renegotiating democratic engagement” by Jón Ólafsson

Session 3 (Friday 17:30-19:00 CET — 12:30 to 14:00 EDT)

Small States (Session 3 / Room 1): “Coordinating (Nordic) Governments Successfully” with B. Guy Peters, Kennet Lynggaard, Michael Kluth, Flemming Juul Christiansen, and Mads Dagnis Jensen (Chair)

  • “Politico-Administrative Coordination in Core Executives” by Flemming Juul Christiansen, Mads Dagnis Jensen, Christel Koop, and B. Guy Peters
  • “The Nordic governments’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: a comparative study of variation in governance arrangements and regulatory instruments” by Tom Christensen, Mads Dagnis Jensen, Michael Kluth, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, Kennet Lynggaard, Per Lægreid, Risto Niemikari, Jon Pierre, and Tapio Raunio
  • Is disloyalty rewarded? The electoral consequences of bloc changes of Scandinavian Centre Parties 1977-2019″ by Christoph Arndt and Flemming Juul Christiansen

Welfare & Democracy (Session 3A / Room 2): “Nordic Policy Success” with Trine Larsen, Caroline de la Porte (Chair), Birgitte Kjos Fonn, Guðný Björk Eydal, Bent Sofus Tranøy, and Jostein Askim.

  • “Early childhood education and care: A Danish social investment success” by Trine Larsen and Caroline de la Porte
  • “Promoting and democratising literature: A Norwegian policy success” by Birgitte Kjos Fonn (with Paul Bjerke, and Lars J. Halvorsen)
  • “Law on equal rights to paid parental leave in Iceland: Ensuring care by fathers” by Guðný Björk Eydal (with Ásdís Aðalbjörg Arnalds and Ingólfur V. Gíslason)
  • “Successfully Negotiating two Dilemmas: Spending versus Saving and Returns versus Ethics in the History of the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund” by Bent Sofus Tranøy (with Camilla Bakken Øvald)
  • “Student Financing for Social Equity in Norway, 1947–2020” by Jostein Askim

Welfare & Democracy (Session 3B / Room 3):Labor and Holocaust Survivors in the Nordic Model” with Pontus Rudberg, Mika Mäkelä, Fredrik Söderqvist, German Bender, and Orna Keren-Carmel (Chair)

  • “The Swedish Accommodation of Holocaust Survivors” by Pontus Rudberg
  • “Urban renewal in Finland: case of modernisation of the workers district Kallio” by Mika Mäkelä
  • “How to negotiate an algorithm: A case study on voice and automation in Swedish mining” by Fredrik Söderqvist and German Bender

Globalization & Liberalism (Session 3 / Room 4): “Nordic Paradoxes in the Age of Interregnum” with Janne Holmén (Chair), Kjell Östberg, and Emilia Palonen, and Robert Saunders

  • “Education 4.0: Nordic Long-Term Planning and Educational Policies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” by Janne Holmén
  • “The Decline of the Social Democratic Movement” by Kjell Östberg
  • Nordic Populists as Hegemony Challengers” by Emilia Palonen
  • “Screening Geopolitics in Norden: Televisual Representation(s) of the Post-Cold War Order” by Robert Saunders

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Session 4 (Saturday 13:30-15:00 CET — 8:30 to 10:00 AM EDT)

Small States (Session 4 / Room 1): “Four vectors of inequality in the Nordic Model: taxes, investment, social movements, housing” with Ingrid Hjertaker, Bent Sofus Tranøy, Herman Mark Schwartz (Chair), and Cornel Ban

  • “Tax and inequality in Scandinavia since 2000 – changes to pre-distribution and redistribution” by Ingrid Hjertaker and Bent Sofus Tranøy
  • “Contradictions of the Nordic knowledge economies: who grows? who earns? who invests?” by Herman Mark Schwartz
  • “Does equality end up driving inequality when universalistic welfare collides with financialized housing markets?” by Bent Sofus Tranøy and Ingrid Hjertaker
  • “Does financialization matter for inequality in advanced welfare states? The top 1 percent and their income share in the Nordic countries” by Cornel Ban (presenting author) and Oddný Helgadóttir

Welfare & Democracy (Session 4 / Room 2): “The Populist Surge: Historical Perspectives and Theoretical Openings” with Valur Ingimundarson, Monica Quirico, Emilia Palonen, Norbert Götz (Chair), and Vivien Schmidt

  • “The Populist Right: Anti-Liberal Politics and Conservative Temptations” by Valur Ingimundarson
  • “People and Elite in Nordic Populism: Historical Narratives, National Discourses and Political Cultures” by Monica Quirico
  • “Theorizing Hegemony, Populism and Polarisation for the Era of Hybrid Media Systems” by Emilia Palonen
  • “Populist Moral Economies of the Here and Now” by Norbert Götz
  • The Discursive Construction of Discontent: Varieties of Populist Anti-System Ideas and Discursive Interactions in Europe” by Vivien Schmidt

Circulation (Session 4 / Room 3): “Circulation of the Nordic Model(s)” with Kazimierz Musiał (Chair), Young-hwan Byun, and Orna Keren-Carmel

  • “Norden as Heterotopia. A comparative glimpse on the circulation of Nordic model(s) in Central and Eastern Europe” by Kazimierz Musiał and Lizaveta Dubinka-Hushcha
  • “Gender-egalitarian Work-Family Policy Reforms in Conservative Welfare States: Germany and Korea” by Young-hwan Byun
  • “Labor movements: a key component in international relations” Orna Keren-Carmel

Globalization & Liberalism (Session 4 / Room 4): “After the Crisis” with Irma Erlingsdóttir (Chair), Jonathan Pugh, Paolo Borioni

  • “The Role of Gender in the Rebranding of Iceland following the 2008 Financial Crash” by Irma Erlingsdóttir
  • “The return of the Scandinavian “Third Way” in an era of Great Power Competition” by Jonathan Pugh
  • “The debate about new public management, competitive state and the transformation of the Nordic state in Denmark and Sweden” by Paolo Borioni

Saturday Plenary Panel (Saturday 15:00-16:30 CET — 10:00 to 11:30 EDT)

  • “The Nordic Model in a Global Context” with Herman Mark Schwartz, Jette Steen Knudsen, John Campbell, and Haldor Byrkjeflot

The second plenary panel on “The Nordic Model in a Global Context” addresses the role of the Nordic model in a globalizing world. It will close with a presentation by Norbert Gøtz of the 5th Nordic Challenges Conference 1-3 June 2022 at Södertörn University in Stockholm. There will also be a short closing ceremony with address by Peter Stadius.

Reception (Saturday 16:30-17:30 CET — 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT)