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Erik O. Eriksen's Blog

Erik Oddvar Eriksen is Director of ARENA and Professor of Political Science.

His main research fields are political theory, public policy, European integration and the preconditions for post-national democracy.

On this blog he publishes articles and op-eds from the press, and presentations given at debates and public lectures.

Norway and EU flags
Published May 30, 2016 12:21 PM

Although European states such as Norway or Switzerland have different kinds of relationships with the EU, they are all becoming increasingly integrated into it, without any formal say. These states have given up national sovereignty without any compensation at EU level, and the UK’s debate should be mindful of the hegemonic nature of relations between the EU and its closely associated non-members.  

EU Britain Flags
Published May 12, 2016 02:51 PM

Can the Brits actually decide if they want out of the EU on the 23rd of June?

Published Feb. 2, 2016 01:37 PM

While awaiting collective European action, the refugees are thrown back and forth between states protecting their borders.

Published Dec. 15, 2015 10:17 AM

The truism is that crises create more integration. Although this has been the case in the past, there is no guarantee that it will be so in the future. Now the crises are numerous, and they also reveal the weaknesses of the EU structure.

Published Nov. 9, 2015 09:39 AM

Why has Norway ended up in a very precarious democratic situation because of its relationship with the EU? Why is the UK prime Minister saying, 'don't look to Norway'?

Published Apr. 11, 2014 11:25 AM

Bicentennial of the Constitution with an Aftertaste

In 2014, Norway celebrates not only the bicentennial of the Constitution, but also the 20th anniversary of the EEA Agreement as Norway’s permanent form of affiliation with the European Union (EU). This is a celebration with an aftertaste.

Published Aug. 30, 2013 10:34 AM

Why are we witnessing such anger over the financial crisis of the Eurozone, when so much is achieved at the same time as the EU’s revenue basis and power instruments are miniscule?

Published Sep. 26, 2012 10:36 AM

Democracy in international relations is the Achilles heel of democratic theory. Over the years Jürgen Habermas has increasingly addressed this problem and has envisaged a multilevel global constitutional system to deal with the conundrum.

Published June 20, 2012 02:37 PM

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.

Published May 9, 2012 03:43 PM

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.

Published Jan. 30, 2012 02:16 PM

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?

Published Nov. 18, 2011 09:39 AM

The eurozone crisis is yet again a painful reminder of how challenging it is to reconcile democracy and capitalism when the political institutions are lacking. It is now the self-appointed troika - the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank - that decides the Greeks’ future living conditions.

Published June 27, 2011 11:35 AM

Professor Emeritus Johan P. Olsen is one of Norway’s most prominent, most renowned and most cited social scientists. In 2011 he was elected as a member of The American National Academy of Sciences because of his important contribution to scientific research.

Published June 27, 2011 11:35 AM

Can there be democracy beyond the nation state, and in that case: which democracy for Europe?

Published Feb. 17, 2011 03:56 PM

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.