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Between Collectivism and Constitutionalism: the Nordic Countries and Constitutionalism - a "Final Frontier" or a Period of Transition?

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When Finland and Sweden have been members of the European Union (EU) for more than ten years, it is now possible that it is in fact time for a renewed debate on the crucial topic of whether the constitutional model of the Nordic countries will be affected, and to what extent, by the broader European constitutional development. It is clear that there has in the last few years been some really important developments in Nordic and Swedish law, not least in the attitudes of the judges in relation to issues of judicial review and the possibilities to set laws aside. In many ways, in a theoretical perspective, this slightly changed attitude does probably reflect a less collectivistic and thus more individualistic attitude to the whole concept of human rights than the one that used to prevail in the Nordic countries until the late 1990s.

Keywords:collectivism; European constitutional development; judicial review; Nordic countries; Swedish law



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