School of Transnational Governance

'Stella Polare' sheds light on the future of governance

In his new book 'La Stella Polare', STG Executive Director Fabrizio Tassinari sets out to draw a number of lessons from his own experience in Northern Europe about the future of governance.

Tassinari has grown fond of Scandinavia after living there for several years. He calls the Nordics a frontier, geographically and existentially: the society we would all like to inhabit. And yet Scandinavia also sheds light on a paradox: on the one hand, the things we admire: from the welfare state and universal health care to education and gender parity. On the other hand, he tries to fathom the mentality required to make such policies work, the unwritten code that makes up the Nordic model, and some of the dark shadows it brings. 

Through some imaginative anecdotes and case studies, from labor market reforms to the puzzling Swedish response to COVID-19, Stella Polare systematizes what Tassinari learned from Scandinavia for states, Europe, and global governance, and what is applicable to all of us.


Before starting as the founding Executive Director of the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance in 2017, Fabrizio Tassinari served for almost a decade as Senior Researcher and Head of Unit at the Danish Institute for International Studies, the Danish government’s independent research institution for foreign affairs. After stints at Johns Hopkins’ University in Washington DC and at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, he also taught at the Universities of Copenhagen and at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he was the recipient of a German government’s Alexander von Humboldt award.

A longer English-language edition of the book is due to be published by Agenda later this year. An excerpt of the book was published by Italian political magazine Linkiesta.