Power, Communication, and Politics in the Nordic Countries

Editor(s): Eli Skogerbø, Øyvind Ihlen, Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, & Lars Nord

The Nordic countries are stable democracies with solid infrastructures for political dialogue and negotiations. However, both the “Nordic model” and Nordic media systems are under pressure as the conditions for political communication change – not least due to weakened political parties and the widespread use of digital communication media. 

In this anthology, the similarities and differences in political communication across the Nordic countries are studied. Traditional corporatist mechanisms in the Nordic countries are increasingly challenged by professionals such as lobbyists, a development that has consequences for the processes and forms of political communication. Populist polit­ical parties have increased their media presence and political influence, whereas the news media have lost readers, viewers, listeners, and advertisers. These developments influence societal power relations and restructure the ways in which political actors communicate about political issues. 

This book is a key reference for all who are interested in current trends and developments in the Nordic countries. The editors, Eli Skogerbø, Øyvind Ihlen, Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, and Lars Nord, have published extensively on political communication, and the authors are all scholars based in the Nordic countries with specialist knowledge in their fields.



Part One

1. Introduction: A Nordic model for political communication?
Eli Skogerbø, Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, Lars Nord, & Øyvind Ihlen

2. Media and politics in Denmark
Nete Nørgaard Kristensen & Mark Blach-Ørsten

3. Media and politics in Iceland
Jón Gunnar Ólafsson & Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir 

4. Media and politics in Finland
Kim Strandberg & Tom Carlson

5. Media and politics in Norway
Eli Skogerbø & Rune Karlsen

6. Media and politics in Sweden
Lars Nord & Marie Grusell

Part Two

7. Development trends and challenges in Nordic political journalism
Sigurd Allern, Mark Blach-Ørsten, Anu Kantola, & Ester Pollack

8. Local political communication in a hybrid media system
Carl-Gustav Lindén, Lisbeth Morlandstø, & Gunnar Nygren

9. Cultural communication as political communication
Nete Nørgaard Kristensen & Anna Roosvall

10. Indigenous political communication in the Nordic countries
Eva Josefsen & Eli Skogerbø

11. Elections and political communication in the Nordic countries
David Nicolas Hopmann & Rune Karlsen

12. Populism and media and communication studies in the Nordic countries
Juha Herkman & Ann-Cathrine Jungar

13. Right-wing alternative media in the Scandinavian political communication landscape
Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk & Silje Nygaard

14. Scandinavian political journalism in a time of fake news and disinformation
Bente Kalsnes, Kajsa Falasca, & Aske Kammer

15. Lobbying in Scandinavia
Øyvind Ihlen, Anne Skorkjær Binderkrantz, & PerOla Öberg

16. Public bureaucracies
Tine Ustad Figenschou, Magnus Fredriksson, Kristoffer Kolltveit, & Josef Pallas

17. Political media effects in a Nordic perspective
Audun Beyer, Erik Knudsen, Kim Andersen, & Adam Shehata

18. Political rhetoric in Scandinavia
Jens E. Kjeldsen, Christian Kock, & Orla Vigsø

19. Conclusion: Nordic political communication between change and continuity
Lars Nord, Eli Skogerbø, & Nete Nørgaard Kristensen