Books in English 2018–

Numerous books authored by IFN researchers are in English, as this is the working language at the Institute for written material. All books authored by employees are available in digital form. When ownership and copyright permits, the books can be downloaded from this website. Books can also be ordered from the respective publisher or borrowed from IFN.


The European Union and the Return of the Nation State

Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim

This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests. Furthermore, Brexit forces the EU for the first time to face the prospect of a major member state preparing to leave the Union. 


The Creation of the East Timorese Economy. Volume 2: Birth of a Nation

Mats Lundahl and Fredrik Sjöholm

Very little has been written on the economy of East Timor since the country’s independence in 2002, and no comprehensive account exists of the economic history of the country. The former cannot be properly understood without a knowledge of the historical process that created the present-day situation. This research monograph is the first book to combine a historical analysis of the creation and development of the economy of East Timor from the earliest times to the present, and an analysis of the main contemporary problems facing the East Timorese economy. 


Service Operations Management

John McManus, Mats Winroth and Jannis Angelis

This engaging and accessible textbook explores the challenges and complexities of managing operations in a service industry setting. Comprehensive in scope, this textbook considers key concepts from strategy and operations management from a global services perspective and integrates traditional theory with cutting-edge contemporary examples. 


Digitalization and Health Care

Mårten Blix and Charlotta Levay

Digitalization can open new pathways to health care, strengthen patients, and also improve the accessibility of care. Taking advantage of these possibilities will be crucial to addressing citizens’ high expectations of health care and the growing needs of an aging population.


The Entrepreneurial Society – A Reform Strategy for the European Union

Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson and Mark Sanders

This book builds on the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020 project ‘Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society’ (FIRES). The authors outline how Europe can move towards more inclusive, innovative and sustainable growth through reforms that will rekindle its entrepreneurial spirit. Based on decades of research and countless discussions with stakeholders, the book also features the FIRES project’s full list of policy interventions and institutional reforms that can help policymakers make that agenda a reality.


The Creation of the East Timorese Economy. Volume 1: History of a Colony

Mats Lundahl and Fredrik Sjöholm

This two-volume study explores the economy of East Timor, of which very little has been written since the country gained independence in 2002. Currently, no comprehensive account exists of the economic history of the country. The former cannot be properly understood without a knowledge of the historical process that created the present-day situation.


The European Union in a Changing World Order

Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Niklas Bremberg, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim

This book explores how the European Union responds to the ongoing challenges to the liberal international order. These challenges arise both within the EU itself and beyond its borders, and put into question the values of free trade and liberal democracy.


Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

Lars Calmfors and Nora Sánchez Gassen

Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 


Education Policy for Health Equality

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren

In the Nordic countries, health is linked to educational attainment to a higher extent than to income. Studies have now shown that the progressive pedagogy which generally characterizes Nordic teaching is likely to actually increase social disparities in health.


Timbro Sharing Economy Index

Andreas Bergh, Alexander Funcke and Joakim Wernberg

The Timbro Sharing Economy Index is the first global index of the sharing economy. The index has been compiled using traffic volume data and scraped data, and provides a unique insight into the driving factors behind the peer-to-peer economy.


Sveriges Riksbank and the History of Central Banking

Rodney Edvinsson, Tor Jacobson and Daniel Waldenström

Written in celebration of its 350th anniversary in 2018, this book details the history of the central bank of Sweden, Sveriges Riksbank, as presented by Klas Fregert. It relates the bank's history to the development of other major central banks around the world.


Trust in the European Union in Challenging Times

Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Niklas Bremberg, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim

This is the first book in the Interdisciplinary European Studies collection. This volume provides an interdisciplinary perspective on trust in the EU from the vantage point of political science, law and economics. It applies insights from a number of different dimensions – political institutions, legal convergence in criminal and civil law, social trust, digitalization, the diffusion of political values and norms, monetary convergence and the legitimacy of political systems – to approach the highly complex issue of trust in the EU in a clear-sighted, relevant and insightful manner. 


The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats

Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Anna Michalski, Niklas Nilsson and Lars Oxelheim

This book addresses the challenges presented to the EU by an increasingly complex security environment. Through the interdisciplinary approach taken, researchers in economics, law and political science identify a range of problems relating to the multiple security threats that the EU faces, and present new means to address them within their respective fields of expertise. The contributions provide accessible and policy-relevant analyses of crucial challenges to the EU’s ability to function as a political union in the years ahead.


Bridging the Prosperity Gap in the EU

Ulf Bernitz, Moa Mårtensson, Lars Oxelheim and Thomas Persson

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the authors invaluably pinpoint both overarching problems and possibilities associated with the social dimension of European integration. Prominent researchers of economics, law and political science tackle this complex issue, providing new solutions within their respective fields of expertise. Illustrating the importance of cohesion, this book is vital for those interested in comparative European studies, from backgrounds in public and social policy, law and economics.

Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State

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This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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