Espen D. H. Olsen

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Bio

Current position: Espen D.H. Olsen is Senior Researcher at Arena, Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

Education: Cand.polit (M.Phil) (University of Oslo); Ph.D (European University Institute)

Academic interests: Espen D.H. Olsen is a political scientist who does research on European citizenship, EU integration, citizen deliberation, deliberative democracy, and the role of citizenship in the Eurocrisis. He also pursues more general interests in political theory focusing on citizenship and identity, as well as qualitative methods and process tracing.

 

Complete CV here (pdf). Updated November 2016.

 

Latest News

February, 2017: Textbook on the EU published, co-written with Guri Rosén and Jarle Trondal: Hvordan virker EU? Institusjoner og politiske prosesser (Oslo, Universitetsforlaget). The book is written for undergraduates and others with an interest and need for an introductory text on the EU and its workings. More information here.

December, 2016: Together with my colleague John Erik Fossum (Arena, UiO) I have a section accepted for the ECPR General Conference in Oslo, September 2017. The section is entitled "The Crises and the Future of Europe" and will consist of five to seven panels that should deal with theoretical, conceptual, and empirical aspects of the current crisis situation of the EU and European politics. A Call for Panels and Papers is open from December 2.

November, 2016: Finalized programme for a workshop on "Who is the European Citizen? Who is the Refugee? Personal Statuses Between Globalization, Europeanization, and the Refugee Crisis". The workshop is convened on January 12-13, 2017 with scholars from law, political science, and communication studies. Co-organized with Agustín José Menendez (Arena and University of Leon).

October, 2016: "The micro–macro link in deliberative polling: science or politics?", finally out in actual, real print in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy,  vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 662-679 (co-authored with Hans-Jörg Trenz).

August, 2016: Textbook on the EU for bachelor and master courses accepted by Universitetsforlaget. The textbook is in Norwegian and entitled Hvordan virker EU? Institusjoner og politiske prosesser and is co-written with my colleagues Guri Rosén and Jarle Trondal. Preliminary publication date is January, 2017. More information here.

October, 2015: Book chapter on "Eurocrisis and EU Citizenship" published in edited volume Europe's Prolonged Crisis (editors Trenz, Ruzza and Guiraudon, Palgrave MacMillan). The chapter reports on findings from the project "The European Crisis and the Citizens".

August/September 2015: Several media appearances on national radio and in newspapers on the EU dimension of the refugee crisis. 

March, 2015: My first book (Transnational Citizenship in the European Union) reviewed by George Ross (University of Montreal) in Perspectives on Politics.

February, 2015: "The micro–macro link in deliberative polling: science or politics?", an article on legitimacy claims of deliberative polling published as iFirst in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (co-authored with Hans-Jörg Trenz).

December, 2014: Book review ("The Single Currency and European Citizenship") published in Perspectives on Politics.

October, 2014: Chapter on "European Citizenship" published in Handbook on Political Citizenship and Social Movements (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

September, 2014: "Confronting European Diversity", an article on deliberation in a plurilingual and multicultural setting as the EU (co-authored with Irena Fiket and Hans-Jörg Trenz) published in Javnost - The Public.

April, 2014: Article in Political Studies  (co-authored with Hans-Jörg Trenz) on democratic legitimacy in deliberative polls out in Online Special Issue on Democracy, Deliberation and Dissent.

March, 2014: The book Transnational Citizenship in the European Union (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2012) is now published as paperback and e-platforms. Further details here.

 

Research

Euronor - Norden in Europe, Europe in Norden (2015-)

Euronor is a truly multidisciplianary research group at the University of Oslo. Comprising scholars from area studies, history, law, linguistics, literature, political science, and sociology, Euronor addresses three related questions. How is the Nordic model interpreted and represented in discourses across Europe? How are core traits of the Nordic model affected by Europeanization? How and to what extent are the transformations wrought by Europeanization picked up and assessed in discourses on the Nordic model across Europe? My sub-project in Euronor is primarily a comparative study of Nordic right-wing populism in order to establish how these parties conceive of citizenship. The project will analyze how, and in what ways new populist parties in the Nordic countries frame citizenship, immigration, and the welfare state in relation to the Nordic model in their party manifestos. Further, how and to what extent do the new Nordic populist parties consider Europeanization as a threat? A study of such counter-strategies highlights that Europeanization is not only a top-down process but also exhibits possible traits of horizontal ‘learning’. Alternatives may be found, not only in opposition to institutions ‘above’, but also in discursive representations of other models and perceptions of reality. In addition, I will do research on the changing discourses of citizenship, membership and the welfare state in the Scandinavian countries since the 1990s.

Differentiated Citizenship in a Multilevel Europe of Crises (part of EURODIV) (2014-2019)

As part of Arena's main research focus in the period 2014-2019, my project aims to further illuminate our understanding of EU citizenship and the role it plays in European integration. The Project is situated in the work package on "Law and Democracy" which focuses on the crisis, segmentation, and democratic and constitutional implications. The assumption is that greater segmentation is associated with weakened democracy and de-constitutionalisation, whereas democratic constitutionalism is a countervailing force. My research in this Project is still under Development, but three main avenues will be pursued. The first is to analyze the politics of EU citizenship in a Europe of multiple crises, including the migration crisis that erupted in the summer of 2015, with an emphasis on Institutional and systemic developments. The second is a critical review on and rejoinder to the debate on the virtues of EU citizenship for the citizens as "foot-soldiers" of European integration. This study will emphasize the disjunctures between the "lightness" of EU citizenship for prosperous and cosmopolitan Professionals in the neo-liberal economy and the rising precariat of withering European welfare states. The third brings in the question of the justifiability of EU citizenship and rights 'beyond the nation-state' in a multilevel EU where the deliberative sites for accountability and public scrutiny of citizenship politics seem to be hidden from the publics of the member states.

The European Crisis and the Citizens (2013)

This project revolves around the concept of EU citizenship as a resource for social and political resilience for EU citizens that are faced with particular challenges during periods of economic and political crisis. EU citizenship has thus far been mostly applicable to mobile elites and the realization of their cosmopolitan life projects. We test the proposition that in the current conditions of socio-economic transformation and uncertainty, EU citizenship and the rights stemming from it becomes a potential resource of resilience for vulnerable citizens in their various attempts to cope with the negative consequences of crisis. The project will be published in two main publications. The first is a book chapter called "Eurocrisis and EU Citizenship". It is a case study of EU migrants from crisis-ridden countries in Europe that have come to Norway to seek employment. Specifically, the book chapter explores how migrants perceive their own situation in terms of their rights and duties as EU citizens in Norway. The second is a book manuscript (currently under planning) on how the Eurocrisis has affected EU citizenship politics and citizenship enactment among ordinary citizens. The book will chart these developments through case studies of EU citizens on the move in a Europe of crises (micro-level) and its handling by the European Commission as a leading EU institution (meso-level), as well as of macroscopic changes to the place of citizenship in the EU integration architecture (macro-level). This project was conducted in collaboration with Hans-Jörg Trenz and Asimina Michailidou.

The Norwegian Constitution in a Changing European Context (NORCONE): The Citizenship Dimension (2012-2014)

This project under NORCONE will analyze the citizenship dimension of Norwegian constitutional politics in this 'era' of Europeanization. It does so by comparing Norwegian citizenship politics after joining the EEA agreement with the developments of Swedish and Danish citizenship. Taking this comparative view on citizenship and constitutional politics is fruitful in the European context as all three countries are deeply integrated in EU institutions, albeit to different degrees. Denmark also has an active stance on citizenship through their exception to Union citizenship. The project will, then, shed light on the specifics and nuances of Norwegian citizenship politics as an an outsider on the inside through market 'membership' in the EEA agreement.

Citizen Deliberation in a Multilingual and Transnational Setting: The Europolis Deliberative Poll (2008-2011)

In this project, a deliberative polling experiment was carried out to test whether deliberative democracy can contribute to address the democratic deficit in Europe, with particular reference to the 2009 European parliamentary elections.

On May 29-31 2009 EuroPolis brought 400 European citizens from the 27 member states to Brussels to debate immigration, climate change, and the EU policy- making process- a unique experiment in informed decision-making. Participants spent three days discussing these issues in small working groups, and then in plenary sessions with a battery of experts and election candidates.

One main part of the Europolis project is to develop the analysis of deliberation in deliberative polls beyond the preference change of participants. I take part in the coding and analysis of data based on audio recordings of the small groups discussions in the deliberative experiment. Through this added analysis we aim at probing the process of deliberation more closely, and to discuss the actual possibilities of deliberation across linguistic, political, and cultural divides in Europe.

Citizenship Politics and Polity Models for the European Union (2009-2011)

In this project under RECON, the aim is to assess the three polity models of the RECON project from the vantage point of European citizenship discourse. The concept of citizenship is especially suited for the appraisal of such models, as it connects to issues such as the boundaries of a political community, norms of membership, the role of identity, the extension of individual rights, and modes of democratic participation. These are all issues that speak to the political form of the EU. Focusing on citizenship when addressing the political form of the EU is not the least apposite as the traditional understanding of membership in a bounded community has been that citizenship is conceptually and logically linked to the nation-state. Hence, the very idea of European citizenship challenges the paradigmatic understanding of citizenship as congruence between nation, state and citizenship.

The project will start out with an assessment of the development of multilevel citizenship structures in the EU after the Maastricht Treaty up to and including the constitutional debates of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Convention on the Future of Europe. In doing so, it will probe the institutional form and individual scope of citizenship rights at the intersection between EU institutions and Member States, as European citizenship is bicephalous; it consists both of direct supranational rights and a set of rights that follow from the principle of free movement.

Transnational Citizenship in the European Union (2004-2008)

Is European citizenship the postnational 'beacon' that academics and politicians professed after the Maastricht Treaty? This ph.d. project at the European University Institute (EUI) argued that it is not. Through careful process tracing of decisive moments and critical junctures of citizenship politics in the project of European unification from the founding treaties to the 21st century constitutional politics, the project concluded that it is rather a strong transnational construct. This transnational citizenship is built on two basic principles that have been present since the first treaties: nationality and free movement. The project was published as a book from Bloomsbury Academic in 2012 (with paperback version in 2014).The book is entitled Transnational Citizenship in the European Union. Past, Present, and Future. More details are found here on the Bloomsbury website.

Tags: Democracy, Citizenship, Europeanisation, Deliberation, European identity, European integration, Institutions, European Union

Publications

Peer-reviewed books, journal articles and book chapters:

  • Olsen, E. D. H. and H.J. Trenz (2016) 'The Micro-Macro Link in Deliberative Polling: Science or Politics?' Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 19 (4): 662-679, full text and PDF here
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2015) 'Eurocrisis and EU Citizenship', in H.J. Trenz, C. Ruzza and V. Guiraudon (eds.): Europe's Prolonged Crisis. The Making or Unmaking of a Political Union (London: Palgrave)
  • Olsen, E. D. H. and H.J. Trenz (2014) 'From Citizens' Deliberation to Popular Will-Formation? Generating Democratic Legitimacy in Transnational Deliberative Polling', Political Studies, 62 (S1): 117-133 PDF here.
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2014) '"Utenforskapets paradoks": Mot et depolitisert statsborgerskap?', in E. O. Eriksen and J. E. Fossum (eds.): Det norske paradoks. Om Norges forhold til Den europeiske union (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget).
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2014) 'European Citizenship: Toward Renationalization or Cosmopolitan Europe?', in E. Guild (ed.): The Reconceptualization of European Union Citizenship (Leiden and New York: Martinus Nijhoff)
  • Fiket, I., E. D. H. Olsen and H. J. Trenz (2014) 'Confronting European Diversity: Deliberation in a Transnational and Pluri-lingual Setting', Javnost - The Public, 21 (2): 5-21.
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2014) 'European Citizenship', in H-A. van der Heijden (ed.): Handbook on Political Citizenship and Social Movements (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).
  • Olsen E. D. H. (2013) 'European Citizenship: Mixing Nation-State and Federal Features, With a Cosmopolitan Twist', Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 14 (4): 505-519, PDF here.
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2012) Transnational Citizenship in the European Union: Past, Present and Future (London and New York: Continuum Books)
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2008) 'The Origins of European Citizenship in the First Two Decades of European Integration', Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (1): 40-57. As PDF for subscribers.

Working papers, reports and book reviews:

  • Olsen, E. D. H. and H.J. Trenz (2011) 'From Citizens' Deliberation to Popular Will-Formation? Generating Democratic Legitimacy in Transnational Deliberative Polling', Arena Working Paper, 12/2011
  • Fiket, Irena, E.D.H. Olsen and H.J. Trenz E. D. H. (2011) 'Deliberation under Conditions of Language Pluralism: Insights from the Europolis Deliberative Experiment', Arena Working Paper, 9/2011
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2011) 'European Citizenship. With a Nation-State, Federal or Cosmopolitan Twist?' Recon Online Working Paper 2011/10. PDF here.
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2010) 'Deliberative Polling. A Cure to the Democratic Deficit of the EU?', Arena Working Paper, 13/2010 (co-authored with Hans-Jörg Trenz). PDF here.
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2006) 'Work, Production, Free Movement and Then What? Conceptions of Citizenship in European Integration, 1951-71', EUI Working Paper 2006/8, Dept. of Political and Social Sciences. San Domenico di Fiesole: European University Institute.
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2006) 'Bokessay. Statsvitenskapens teori og praksis. Mot et fokus på begreper. James W. Davis, Terms of Inquiry: On the Theory and Practice of Political Science', Norsk statsvitenskapelig tidsskrift, 22 (1): 96-101.
  • Olsen, E. D. H. (2005) 'Mellom rettigheter, kultur og cosmopolis. En teoretisk og empirisk analyse av europeisering og statsborgerskap', ARENA Report 7/05, Oslo: ARENA, University of Oslo.
     
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2016). The micro-macro link in deliberative polling: Science or politics?. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.  ISSN 1369-8230.  19(6), s 662- 679 . doi: 10.1080/13698230.2014.983363
  • Fiket, Irena; Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2014). Confronting European diversity: Deliberation in a transnational and pluri-lingual setting. Javnost - The Public.  ISSN 1318-3222.  21(2), s 57- 73 Full text in Research Archive
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2014). European Citizenship , In Hein-Anton van der Heijden (ed.),  Handbook of Political Citizenship and Social Movements.  Edward Elgar Publishing.  ISBN 978 1 78195 469 0.  Kapittel 8.  s 154 - 176
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2014). European Citizenship: Toward Renationalization or Cosmopolitan Europe?, In Elspeth Guild; Cristina J. Gortazar Rotaeche & Dora Kostakopoulou (ed.),  The Reconceptualization of European Union Citizenship.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-25151-9.  16.  s 343 - 360
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2014). «Utenforskapets» paradoks: mot et depolitisert statsborgerskap?, I: Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (red.),  Det norske paradoks: Om Norges forhold til Den europeiske union.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02100-3.  Kapittel 8.  s 134 - 152
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2014). The micro-macro link in deliberative polling: Science or politics?, In Cathrine Holst (ed.),  Expertise and Democracy.  ARENA Centre for European Studies.  ISBN 978-82-93137-45-0.  Chapter 10.  s 217 - 238
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2013). European Citizenship: Mixing Nation-State and Federal Features with a Cosmopolitan Twist. Perspectives on European Politics and Society.  ISSN 1570-5854.  Ifirst, s 1- 15 . doi: 10.1080/15705854.2013.772750
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2013). From Citizens' Deliberation to Popular Will-Formation? Generating Democratic Legitimacy in Transnational Deliberative Polling. Political Studies.  ISSN 0032-3217.  Early View, s 1- 17 . doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12021
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2008). The Origins of European Citizenship in the First Two Decades of European Integration. Journal of European Public Policy.  ISSN 1350-1763.  15(1), s 40- 57 . doi: 10.1080/13501760701702157

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  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen; Trondal, Jarle & Rosen, Guri (2017). Hvordan virker EU? Institusjoner og politiske prosesser. Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02634-3.  219 s.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2012). Transnational Citizenship in the European Union. Past, Present and Future. Continuum.  ISBN 978-1-4411-1693-2.  230 s.

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  • Menendez, Agustin Jose & Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2017). European citizenship: Looking back and looking forwards.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2017). Citizenship: an unhappy misunderstanding?.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2017). Issues of Citizenship in the EU and the Nordic States.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2017). Out but still in: Norway’s approach to migration and asylum as a non-EU state.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2017). What kind of crisis and whose crisis is it? Conceptual considerations on the European migration crisis.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2016). What kind of crisis and whose crisis is it? Conceptual considerations on the European migration crisis.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2016). What kind of crisis and whose crisis is it? Conceptual considerations on the European migration crisis.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2015). Eurocrisis and EU Citizenship, In Hans-Jørg Trenz; Carlo Ruzza & Virginie Guiraudon (ed.),  Europe's prolonged crisis: the unmaking of political union.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 9781137436832.  4.  s 85 - 103
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2015, 26. august). Flyktninger presser EUs grensesamarbeid.  Norsk telegrambyrå.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2015, 16. september). Gir ikke opp.  Dagsavisen.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2015, 03. september). Intervju i NRK Nyhetsmorgen om EUs flyktningkrise. [Radio].  NRK Radio P2.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2015, 20. november). Skjerper kontrollen ved grensene.  Dagsavisen.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2015, 30. august). Søndagsavisa P2. [Radio].  NRK Radio P2.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2015, 30. august). Vil stenge grensene.  Dagens Næringsliv.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen; Wernersen, Camilla & Honningsøy, Kirsti Haga (2014, 03. juli). Kan koste Norge dyrt å ikke ta vare på arbeidsinnvandrerne . [Internett].  NRK.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2014). Citizens’ Forums as Instruments of Democracy Evaluation.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2014). Crisis Resilience and EU Citizenship.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2014). Nicolay B. Johansen, Thomas Ugelvik og Katja Franko Aas (red.): Krimmigrasjon? Den nye kontrollen av de fremmede. Oslo, Universitetsforlaget 2013, 296 sider. Sosiologi i dag.  ISSN 0332-6330.  44(2), s 91- 94
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2014). The Single Currency and European Citizenship. Unveiling the Other Side of the Coin. Edited by Giovanni Moro. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. 256p. $39.95. Perspectives on Politics.  ISSN 1537-5927.  12(4), s 954- 955 . doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1537592714002631
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2013). Crisis resilience through EU citizenship.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen; Fiket, Irena & Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2012). Deliberation Under Conditions of Language Pluralism: Insights from the Europolis Deliberative Experiment.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen; Trenz, Hans-Jörg & Fiket, Irena (2012). Confronting European Diversity: Deliberation in a Transnational and Pluri-lingual Setting.
  • Trenz, Hans-Jørg & Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2012). The Micro-Macro Link in Deliberative Polling: Deliberative Experiments and Democratic Legitimacy.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2011). European Citizenship. With a nation-state, federal, or cosmopolitan twist?.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen; Fiket, Irena & Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2011). Deliberation Under Conditions of Language Pluralism: Insights from the Europolis Deliberative Experiment .
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen & Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2011). From Citizens’ Deliberation to Popular Will-Formation? Generating Democratic Legitimacy Through Transnational Deliberative Polling.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen & Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2011). From Citizens’ Deliberation to Popular Will-Formation? Generating Democratic Legitimacy in Transnational Deliberative Polling.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen; Trenz, Hans-Jörg & Fiket, Irena (2011). Deliberation Under Conditions of Language Pluralism: Insights from the EuroPolis Deliberative Polling Experiment.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2010). Free Movement of Persons as the Building Block of European Citizenship: Initial Decisions, Alternative Proposals, and Path Dependence.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2010). Deliberative Polling. A Cure to the Democratic Deficit of the EU?.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2009). Multilevel Citizenship Attribution in the European Union: A Research Agenda.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2008). Framing European Citizenship After the Failure of the Constitutional Project: Market Citizenship vs Political Citizenship.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2008). Framing European Citizenship After the Failure of the Constitutional Project: Market vs Political Citizenship.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2008). The Past and Present of Transnational Citizenship in the European Union.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2008). Theorizing Multilevel Citizenship in the European Union: Elements of Citizenship and Mechanisms of Institutional Change.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2008). Transnational European Citizenship: Tracing Conceptions of Citizenship in the European Integration Process.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2006). Bokessay. Statsvitenskapens teori og praksis. Mot et fokus på begreper. James W. Davis "Terms of Inquiry: On the Theory and Practice of Political Science". Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0801-1745.  22(1), s 96- 101
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2006). Work, Production, Free Movement and Then What? Conceptions of Citizenship in European Integration, 1951-71.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen (2005). Mellom rettigheter, kultur og cosmopolis. En teoretisk og emprirsk analyse av europeisering og statsborgerskap.
  • Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen & Romsloe, Børge Olav (2005). Kampen om Europa. Bergens Tidende.  ISSN 0804-8983.

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