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Notes in Danish

Tue, 24 May 2016 10:30:33 +0000

I’ve used Medium to post some notes about Danish politics. The following posts are all in Danish: Danish politics after the 2015 election (1) – from October Danish politics after the 2015 election (2) – from May New Public Management and the welfare professions Henrik Sass Larsen and (anti-)humanism

The Nitrogen Crisis and the Calling of Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s Bluff

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:30:38 +0000

The process which led to the announced resignation of the Danish Food and Environment Minister Eva Kjer Hansen was a mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar. Along the way, the process revealed some of the vulnerabilities of the incumbent Liberal government and prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s way of handling controversial issues and political ... [Read more...]

Paupers and Refugees: On Putting Støjberg in a Historical Perspective

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:00:10 +0000

Denmark hit the pages of the international press before Christmas when Integration Minister Inger Støjberg’s proposal to have asylum seekers searched and stripped of any valuables (the corresponding bill is due to be passed by the Folketing by a broad majority in January 2016) was compared to the German government’s confiscation of Jewish property, including ... [Read more...]


Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:00:59 +0000

As a commentator put it, Bjarne Corydon’s transfer from the Social Democrats to McKinsey was an unsurprising surprise. Many Danish politicians have moved from the world of party politics to that of interest organisation politics or semi-public boardrooms while shifts to private business has been more unusual, even if some politicians have made second careers ... [Read more...]

The Løkke Rasmussen Government’s Labour Market Policy (a note in Danish)

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:00:01 +0000

Prompted by an analysis in the Danish business paper Børsen – posted as an update on Facebook

Government and Programme

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:00:35 +0000

Some notes about the new government and its programme: 1. Kristian Jensen was booted upwards as Foreign Minister. Yes, it is a traditionally prestigious portfolio but the Foreign Ministry these days plays second fiddle to the Prime Minister’s Office and despite being a member of the two central government committees, he will be abroad for ... [Read more...]

A Single-Party Government on a Slim Base

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:00:46 +0000

And we have a government: The first round of negotiations after the election showed that a four-party majority coalition was off the table and the second round did away with all other coalitions leaving us with a Liberal single-party government based on 34 of the 179 seats in the Folketing. In quantitative terms, Løkke Rasmussen’s ... [Read more...]

2015: The Parties and Blocs in a Historical Perspective

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:00:33 +0000

There are many ways of summarizing the 2015 election. One way is to look at the size of the various political blocs in a historical perspective. The “five blocs” division was one I made back in 1988 when I wrote my MA thesis on the development of the Danish political system. The problem was if ... [Read more...]

2015: Forming a Government – The Game Begins

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:45:40 +0000

When I wrote the posts for Makt och Politik, one of my problems was trying to figure out how a “Blue” government might look. So far, it seems that the four-party majority coalition is off the table leaving us with either a Liberal-Danish People Party coalition or a one-party Liberal government. The L-DPP coalition could ... [Read more...]

2015: Forming a Government II

Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:00:18 +0000

Just to catch up: The second part of my post for Makt och Politik, written before the election, is here. And here is my piece for Baltic Worlds, also written before the election.