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Cathrine Holst has co-authored this article in Social Epistemology with Anders Molander. They discuss the conditions for legitimate expert arrangements within a democratic order and from a deliberative systems approach.
Multiple crises have created new legitimacy challenges for the EU. Have the EU’s responses to these crises been legitimate? These questions will be addressed by 20 partners in the European PhD network PLATO, which is coordinated by ARENA.
The RECON-project (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe), concluded on 31 December 2011. The project that was initiated and coordinated by ARENA is now evaluated; mark: Excellent.
This is Erik O. Eriksens introduction to ARENA’s annual lecture May 2 2012: Challenges to Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Europe, held by Professor Seyla Benhabib.
Equal pay for work of equal value is a fundamental principle in European Union (EU) law and so in the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement. The paper takes as its point of departure the debate in Norway on the interpretation of EEA equal pay legislation, and relates this debate to the broader equal pay controversy in Norway.
Some claim that the Norwegian ‘No’-campaigners won in 1994, but have lost ever since. Every government since 1994 has brought Norway closer to the EU. Where does this leave democracy?
In this paper, the authors confront some commonly held assumptions and objections with regard to the feasibility of deliberation in a transnational and plurilingual setting. To illustrate their argument, they rely on a solid set of both quantitative and qualitative data from Europolis, a transnational deliberative experiment that took place one week ahead of the 2009 European Parliamentary elections.
Irena Fiket, Espen D. H. Olsen, Hans-Jörg Trenz
Can there be democracy beyond the nation state, and in that case: which democracy for Europe?
Geert Mak has followed in John Steinbeck's path on his trip to the USA. Euope has much to learn from the American project whether we like it or not.
The paper critically examines the democratic theory that informs the German Federal Constitutional Court’s Lisbon Treaty ruling, and argues that the ruling and the justification speak to several – distinctly different – models of democracy.
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
This paper contributes to the philosophical exchanges of Nussbaum’s version of the capability approach. Nussbaum herself presents her contribution as an alternative to John Rawls’ theory of justice, and following her lead, this paper compares Nussbaum and Rawls.
This paper evaluates the mediatizing potential of the internet on the politics of European integration and the process of enhancing the democratic legitimacy of the European Union (EU) through an analysis of online debates during the 2009 EU elections.
Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz
In this article Trenz argues that the tension between normative standards and legitimating practice should be considered as constitutive for the emergence of a European public sphere. Against recent attempts to define the European public sphere in purely descriptive terms, this implies the need to re-introduce the normativity of the public sphere as part of the dynamics of an evolving communicative space in Europe.
In this essay Fossum is discussing the politically divising issue in Norwegian politics- membership in the European Union. Through the EEA agreement Norway has become tightly incorporated in the EU, and this incorporation poses challenges to the Norwegian democracy. Fossum is treating this issue thorugh Holmes' notion of 'gag rules'.
John Erik Fossum
In spite of relentless criticism over many years bureaucracies and bureaucrats are possibly experiencing a renaissance. The aim of this paper is to make sense of this puzzle by exploring bureaucracy as a specific way of organizing public administration in democratic societies. Through what processes and under what conditions is administrative organization likely to come close to the Weberian ideal type?
Johan P. Olsen