Scandinavia’s good Samaritan diplomacy
Denmark, Norway and Sweden are world leaders in human rights. Consistently ranked as the best countries to live in, these three Scandinavian countries are icons of fair societies. Not surprisingly, their governments have claimed human rights as part of their public diplomacy strengths and strategies. The EU-funded ScanRights project will offer a new look at Scandinavian human rights diplomacy, which is currently absent in international scholarship. It will examine transnationally the economic and social rights policies of these three countries at the United Nations from 1970 to 2000. The project will answer the question: Why did these Scandinavian countries push for poverty reduction and economic social rights at a time when egalitarian politics were declining in influence.