Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Heiskala, Risto
Organisation University of Tampere
Project title European state nobility and fatal problems: Imaginaries of the Finnish political and administrative elite in the European Union
Decision No. 308740
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 480 000
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Project description
Fatal problems in the form of the runaway global economy, environmental crisis, inequality and lack of security loom over our heads in the globalizing world. For smaller states, a route to a sustainable solution of such problems may be cooperation within political units such as the EU. The project studies how the field of action of the Finnish political and administrative elite responsible for the Finnish line in the EU or working for the EU is structured, how they themselves conceptualize the reality in which they act, whether they find the fatal problems important and possible to solve, and how they perceive the role of the EU in this. Statistics, policy documents, research literature, pamphlets and blogs are used to describe the objective structures of the field. The in-depth study of the ‘possible worlds’ in which the Finnish segment of the ‘European state nobility’ lives and how it relates to the fatal problems will be based on 40 extensive expert interviews of its members.