The Åland Islands Peace Institute has launched an initiative for an edited volume on the ideas, development and circumstances on Åland.
The project brings together researchers and authors with various connections to Åland or Åland related issues. The authors work within different sciences and research traditions. Among the researchers are three staff members of the Peace Institute. Work and discussions within this project strengthen the interdisciplinary environment on Åland and offer new insights in societal debates. Participating researchers look into the relation between autonomy and democracy as part of the wider democratic institutions and developments in Finland, the Nordic region, Europe and the world. Questions about participation, deliberation, rule of law and experiences of democracy as a lived everyday reality stand in focus.
Through this book we hope to contribute to a broader societal debate about what democracy is today for a small society in an autonomous archipelago and for the people living here.
The project is conducted throughout 2019-2020 and is finalised during 2021.
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark