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Record of Figures --
List of Tables --
Preface --
Introduction --
Political Engagement --
Electoral Participation --
Political events --
Participation in Voluntary institutions --
Participation in alternate Unions --
Workplace Democracy in Scandinavia --
User Participation in Scandinavia: the 'third citizenship'? --
Political motion and Political mistrust --
Marginalization and Citizenship --
Reluctant Europeans: The Scandinavians and the problem of the eu Union --
Immigrants, Refugees, and Citizenship in Scandinavia --

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Accordingly, declining class consciousness would imply a similar decline in political interest. The premise of declining class identification is fulfilled (see, for example, Borre and Goul Andersen 1997: ch. 4 Gender difference in proportions interested in politics (percentage points) Gender Gap (Women–Men) Sweden 1987 Norway 1990 Denmark 1994 18–29 years 30–39 years 40–49 years 50–59 years 60 years or more 99 919 923 98 923 93 98 918 912 98 915 916 913 99 911 Education Low Medium High 919 916 912 94 910 917 912 910 919 Note: Ns approximately identical for men and women.

It ranges from 4 per cent in Norway to 11 per cent in Sweden;5 in the other EU countries, the corresponding figure varied from 10 per cent (the Netherlands) to 44 per cent (Spain), with an average of 22 per cent. In short, what distinguishes Scandinavia is the low level of total withdrawal from politics, rather than a large proportion of highly involved citizens. 6 An important question is whether this may be attributed to class mobilization, to gender mobilization, to the size and nature of welfare states, or to quite different factors.

Chapters 5 and 6 complete the analysis of the ‘traditional’ channels of participation with a description of membership and activity in voluntary associations. Like the USA, the Scandinavian countries have traditionally been regarded as strongholds of voluntary associations, but what is the reality behind this folklore? Chapter 6 deals more specifically with participation in trade unions. Important questions here are whether Scandinavian trade unions have been resistant to the decline in trade unionism found in most European countries.

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