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We must be able to discuss who gets to advise and have access to government and form society. It is always the same people, and this is not a discussion we are having

Christoph Houman Ellersgaard

Who are the Danish Elite? And how much power do they really have?
 
Join the Global Denmark Podcast as Brian Woodward interviews Christoph Houman Ellersgaard, researcher at Copenhagen Business School, author of the book  "Magteliten" (The Power Elites) and co-creator of the project ‘Tied up?' which investigates how powerful people in Denmark wield their influence.

In this episode we discuss, among other things, the taboo of being called powerful in Denmark, what the composition of power networks tell us about a society's values and why it is important to understand and discuss the concentration of power.

Christopher also leads the Society for the study of Power and Elites, which undertakes ongoing studies and mapping of Denmark's Power Elite network.

Episode Takeaways

  • Who does the Danish elite consist of?

  • Danish welfare state

  • Who holds the power in Denmark?

  • Power structure in Denmark

  • How is the power distributed?

  • What the Biden administration means for Denmark and the United States

Published literature

​"Magteliten"  by Markus Bernsen, Anton Grau Larsen & Christoph Ellersgaard

"CBS og magten" by Hubert Buch Hansen, Christoph Ellersgaard, Lasse Folke Henriksen & Anton Grau Larsen

  

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