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

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What characterizes Denmark's policy towards EU integration? This chapter argues that Danish EU policy may be understood thorough the analytical 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic States and European Integration : Awkward Partners in the North?
EditorsMalin Stegmann McCallion, Alex Brianson
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dateJan 2018
ISBN (Print)9783319575612
ISBN (Electronic)9783319575629
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
SeriesPalgrave Studies in European Union Politics

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Danish EU policy, Danish European policy, nordic exceptionalism, Scandinavian politics, Danish foreign policy, Small state strategy, Denmark, Euroscepticism, Welfare State, Europeanization

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