Epilogue
in Scandinavian politics today
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In Finland, Christine Ingebritsen's portrayal of the Scandinavian states as 'norm entrepreneurs' was implicitly questioned by the decision of prime minister Matti Vanhanen to attend the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. On the subject of the age cohorts making up the electorate, perhaps the greatest challenge facing Scandinavian social democracy in the new millennium is generational renewal. Once the dominant force, the social democratic parties boast increasingly the senescent memberships and risk a decomposition of their traditional vote base. Thomas Wallgren's critique of political parties pointed to a democratic paradox in the Nordic region as a whole. Regaining a basic legitimacy in the eyes of younger voters will be the foremost challenge for the political parties in the Scandinavian politics of tomorrow.

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