As Awkward as They Need to Be: Denmark's Pragmatic Activist Approach to Europe

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What characterizes Denmark's policy towards the European Union? This chapter arues that Danish European policy may be understood by looking through the prism of 'awkwardness'. The chapter makes three contributions towards understanding Danish awkwardness. First, the chapter unpacks the characteristics of Danish awkwardness and explain how it has developed since the debate over whether or not to seek membership in the early 1970s. Second, the chapter discusses how Danish state identity, rooted in the context of deep societal changes in Danish society in the second half of the nineteenth century and in the first part of the twentieth century has created a particular action space for Denmark’s engagement with the European integration project. Third, the chapter discusses Denmark’s strategies for managing awkwardness in the European Union.
TitelNordic States and European Integration : Awkward Partners in the North?
RedaktørerMalin Stegmann McCallion, Alex Brianson
Udgivelses stedCham
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
Publikationsdatojan. 2018
ISBN (Trykt)9783319575612
ISBN (Elektronisk)9783319575629
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2018
NavnPalgrave Studies in European Union Politics


  • Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet - Denmark, Danish EU policy, Danish European policy, Danish foreign policy, Small state strategy, nordic exceptionalism, Scandinavian politics

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