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Introspective Performance: The Scandinavian Power Investigation as a Politico-Cultural Practice
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
2013 (English)In: Journal of Contemporary European Studies, ISSN 1478-2804, E-ISSN 1478-2790, Vol. 21, no 3, 341-356 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The transdisciplinary coherence of area studies can be enhanced through a cross-fertilisation of historical and social sciences with concepts derived from philology and cultural studies. The five Scandinavian power investigations (Norway 1972–1982, Sweden 1985–1990, Denmark 1997–2003, Norway 1997–2003, and Finland 2007–2010) are here recognised as a unique body of work. Blending politically guided perspectives with collaborative scholarly analysis, these investigations represent events rather than texts. For this reason the concept of genre does not sufficiently capture their essence. Instead, power investigations are seen as comprehensive politico-cultural practices identified by 14 characteristics imported from the humanities. The utility of these investigations in suggesting transparency and self-reflection enhances the legitimacy of Scandinavian government.

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2013. Vol. 21, no 3, 341-356 p.
Keyword [en]
power, public inquiry, Scandinavia, political culture, commissioned science
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History Political Science
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Historical Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20355DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2013.831599ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84890336097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-20355DiVA: diva2:676356
Available from: 2013-12-05 Created: 2013-12-05 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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