Fachverband
Skandinavistik


Abgeschlossene Habilitationsprojekte:


Dr. Norbert Götz

Democratic Diplomacy and the 'Cool Bloc': Composition and Collaboration of Nordic Delegations to the United Nations, 1945-1975

Kontakt:
goetz@uni-greifswald.de

Abstract:
The Nordic countries gained a reputation during the Cold War as model members in the United Nations due to their profiled collaboration and bridge-building efforts, but also in reference to the practice of including representatives of parliament and civil society in their
delegations. The research project explores the composition and macro-regional cooperation of Nordic UN delegations in the years 1945 to 1975, and expounds on the relevant discourses, practices and problems. The underlying research problem is two-pronged, examining how state
action is generated from that of a variety of domestic agents, and how it is influenced by the formation of country groups and alliances. These sub-currents and networking efforts beyond the sphere of the nation state are discussed in connection with scientific discourses on foreign
policy and democracy, conference diplomacy, and bloc politics in the United Nations. The study aims to contribute to a historical foundation of the current debates on global governance as well as parliamentary and civil society diplomacy and to an international history of diplomatic
agents and strategies of collaboration in the Cold War period. Its point of departure grounded in social and cultural history, the study also aims to provide a constructivist analysis of the creation of identity and legitimacy by means of symbolic representation of Nordic political
culture in the sphere of international relations.

Publications:
"'Norden': Structures That Do Not Make a Region." European Review of
History 10 (2003): 323-341.
"Prestige and Lack of Alternative: Denmark and the United Nations in the
Making." Scandinavian Journal of History 29 (2004): 73-96.

 

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