ARENA conducts theoretically founded and empirically informed research on the emerging European political order.
We ask the questions:
- What are the basic characteristics and the key components of the new emerging order?
- How it is this new order transformed?
- What are the implications for member state governing arrangements and for the citizens of Europe?
The EU system has changed significantly as a result of the euro crisis. A major international conference in Oslo on 4-6 November will discuss the democratic implications of these changes, both for the EU and Norway.
Who are the staff members of the European Parliament, and do their individual backgrounds influence their decisions?
Federica Mogherini's role is inherently challenging as it requires manoeuvring within the tensions created by intergovernmental and supranational obligations.
They claim to know European women's experiences and needs. Some argue that more expert power makes EU gender equality policies less democratic.
The biggest threat to democracy today is intolerance and xenophobia, PACE President Anne Brasseur warned.
Among the themes discussed at the Nordic Political Science Congress were the EU in the world and expert rule.
What are the democratic implications for Norway, Switzerland and other third countries of being affiliated EU non-members?
European citizens have been humiliated by how the Eurozone crisis has been handled, Erik O. Eriksen claims in a recent book.
Norway lacks fundamental debates and distinct political alternatives, Johan P. Olsen states in his latest book.
Helene Sjursen has been awarded a prize for the most downloaded special issue by the Journal of European Public Policy.
'For those of us working with European issues it is crucial to understand not only what is happening in Europe, but also why it happens. ARENA contributes to this', Europe Minister Vidar Helgesen said.
With Euroscepticism on the rise and increased contestation over the EU as a political entity, will the 2014 European Parliament elections become more politicized than ever?
The EU financial crisis has pushed thousands of citizens to migrate in a bid to escape uncertainty, unemployment and poverty. Many pick Norway as their destination. What are their experiences?
Does Europe, which has been key to the development of the Norwegian Constitution and democracy, constitute the biggest threat against constitutional democracy in Norway today?
Southern Europe has been severely struck by the financial crisis, in social as well as political terms. How has the crisis been handled, and could it have been done differently?
ARENA has been granted NOK 24 million from the Research Council of Norway for a cross-disciplinary project to investigate a more segmented Europe.
Around 60 participants contributed to the kick-off conference of the EPISTO project, which is led by Cathrine Holst.
The 'Europe in crises'-conference gathered prominent international scholars as well as practitioners to discuss the EU crisis.
EPISTO inquires into the role of knowledge and expertise in modern democracies with a particular focus on 'epistocratic' developments in the European Union (epistocracy = rule of the knowers).
It is trivial to say that the European Union is going through an existential crisis. But which crisis? Whose crisis?, Agustín J. Menéndez writes.
Jan-Werner Müller from Princeton University gave the lecture 'Fear and Freedom: The Legacies of Mid-Twentieth-Century Liberalism' on 22 October.
The Autonomy of Bureaucratic Organizations
Jan 28, 2015 01:30 PM
Jarle Trondal and Frode Veggeland have published an article on bureaucratic organisations in Journal of International Organizations Studies. They have studied civil servants working in three international administrations, namely that of the WTO, the OECD, and the European Commission.
The EU in Search of its Legitimation
Jan 20, 2015 02:58 PM
Erik O. Eriksen has published the article 'Regional Cosmopolitanism: The EU in Search of its Legitimation' in the Open Access journal European Journal of Futures Research.
Regulation and Governance in the Non-bank Financial Sector
Jan 5, 2015 12:35 PM
David G. Mayes, guest researcher at ARENA, has published an article in Journal of Banking Regulation. He illustrates the problems with light touch regulation and reliance on good governance to ensure financial stability by providing lessons from New Zealand.
Jan 5, 2015 12:22 PM
Cathrine Holst contributes a chapter on the relationship between gender democracy and gender equality in the EU in the Routledge volume States of Democracy.