Nordic Labour Republicanism: Another Road Not Taken? Another Road Not Taken?

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    Within intellectual history, social history and political theory labour republicanism is experiencing a revival. Conceptually, this revival is concerned with extending the neo-republican ideas developed by Quentin Skinner and Philip Pettit, among others, the last 30 years from the political sphere to the
    economic sphere. Empirically, scholars are concerned with demonstrating how republican ideas of freedom as non-domination, shared ownership and collective self-management have influenced 19th century and early 20th century labour movements in their attempts to create a class-based counter civil society within a bourgeois state, and an emerging market economy. Interestingly, this labour republican revival has completely ignored the Nordic case. While the Nordic labour movements have, especially in a comparative perspective, been successful in (co-)creating prosperous, equal, safe, and fair societies, they have predominantly done so through neo-corporativist integration with state
    authorities, and negotiation and compromise employer associations. Hence, Nordic labour movements have chosen to follow their strategic goals through welfare statism rather than creating a class-based counter civil society, as labour republican ideas would suggest. With a focus on the Danish case, this paper will attempt to re-inscribe the early Nordic labour movements within a 19th transEuropean labour republican program, hereby focusing on the scattered instances of a form of Nordic labour republicanism, as well as explaining why this road was ultimately not taken.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2022
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 2022
    EventBureaucratic Voluntarism: Historical and Sociological Studies on the Organisation of Associational Life in the Nordic Countries and Beyond - Copenhagen Business School
    Duration: 26 Aug 202227 Aug 2022


    ConferenceBureaucratic Voluntarism
    LocationCopenhagen Business School
    OtherThe workshop uses bureaucracy as a lens to explore the conformity, consensus, and collaborativeness that are held typical for voluntary associations in the Nordic region.

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