Introduction: Awkward States in Regional Integration: Assessing the Case of the Nordic Countries in the Integration of Europe; Alex Brianson & Malin Stegmann McCallion.- Chapter 1: As Awkward as They Need to Be: Denmark's Pragmatic Activist Approach to Europe; Anders Wivel.- Chapter 2: Re-assessing Finland's Integration Policy: The End of Domestic Consensus; Hanna Ojanen & Tapio Raunio.- Chapter 3: Sweden an Awkward Partner? The difference a Question Mark Can Make; Malin Stegmann McCallion.- Chapter 4: Norway: An 'Awkward Partner' of European Integration?; Stefan Ganzle & Thomas Henoekl.- Chapter 5: 'We are a free nation': The Icelandic political elite's Euro-scepticism; Baldur Thorallsson.
"This is an invigorating comparative assessment of awkward states that opens up new avenues for research and sophisticated conceptual advances. It illustrates that there are many awkward states in regional integration - and so it is especially timely. The study of these Nordic states provides us with excellent scholarly expertise in one accessible volume." (Professor Philomena Murray, the University of Melbourne, Australia)
Malin Stegmann McCallion is Reader in Political Science at Karlstad University, Sweden. She has published in journals such as L'Europe en formation, Journal of European Integration, Regional Studies, and Regional and Federal Studies. Her research interests are regionalisation, multi-level governance and Swedish membership in the European Union. She is currently the Swedish expert with the Assembly of European Regions.Alex Brianson is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Kent's Global Europe Centre, UK. He was formerly Professor of EU Politics at the University of Surrey, and previously held chairs at Brunel University and the University of Limerick. His research interests have focused on democracy and reform of the EU, differentiated integration, Green approaches to European integration, and comparative regional integration/regionalism.