This book explores the roles of national actors within international organizations, with particular emphasis on the collaborative approach adopted by Nordic governments and associations.

Analyzing Nordic regional cooperation within international organizations, this volume seeks to shed light on the politics of alignment and distinct macro-regional identity-building in international arenas. Exploring the middle ground between the national and the international, contributors discuss how Nordic governments and associations have successfully created and used the image of a distinct group within the international system and where they have failed. Presenting a richer picture of international and transnational relations, the volume’s features include:

  • a key focus on the ‘Nordic model’ with its schism in regard to the EU
  • studies on cooperation between governments and within civil society, including trade unions and anti-EU movements
  • contributions from Nordic and international experts highly respected in their fields

Seeking to move beyond neo-realist and cosmopolitan approaches in international studies, Regional Cooperation and International Organizations will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, regionalism, Nordic studies, and Transnationalism.

chapter 1|22 pages


Transnational Nordic alignment in stormy waters
ByNorbert Götz, Heidi Haggrén

part Part I|42 pages

The development of Nordic cooperation in world affairs

chapter 2|22 pages

‘Blue-eyed angels' at the League of Nations

The Genevese construction of Norden
ByNorbert Götz

chapter 3|18 pages

Nordic cooperation in the United Nations during the First Cold War

Between internationalism and realpolitik
ByKristine Midtgaard

part Part II|66 pages

Nordic cooperation in given policy fields

chapter 5|24 pages

The ‘Nordic Group' in UNESCO

Informal and practical cooperation within the politics of knowledge
ByHeidi Haggrén

chapter 6|19 pages

Nordic cooperation in providing development aid

BySunniva Engh, Helge Pharo

part Part III|52 pages

Nordic cooperation in a European context

chapter 7|19 pages

Efta 1959–72

An exercise in Nordic cooperation and conflict
ByTorsten B. Olesen

chapter 8|17 pages

The Nordic states and the European Security and Defence Policy

National, Nordic or European?
ByClive Archer

chapter 9|14 pages

Nordic and Nordic-Baltic cooperation in the Council of Europe

A force in promoting common values
ByKjell M. Torbiörn

part Part IV|65 pages

Nordic private cooperation in European and world affairs

chapter 10|16 pages

European integration and Nordic trade unions

ByLars Magnusson, Sofia Murhem

chapter 11|15 pages

Anti-EU movements and Nordic cooperation

ByCarsten Schymik

chapter 12|17 pages

Nordic cooperation for women's empowerment

The role of women's organizations
ByKerstin Rydbeck

chapter 13|15 pages

Nordic communists in the Communist International

ByTauno Saarela