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 Mediatization of Politics
Dec 8, 2014 12:29 PM
Hans-Jörg Trenz and Asimina Michailidou have published the article 'The Mediatization of Politics: From the National to the Transnational' in the Open Access journal Partecipazione e Conflitto (PACO).
The Internet and European Integration
Dec 1, 2014 02:42 PM
In this volume Asimina Michailidou, Hans-Jörg Trenz and Pieter de Wilde examine EU contestation in the first years of the euro crisis. Analysing online debates among EU citizens they piece together the degree of convergence across EU member states towards euroscepticism.
Social Science and Normative Analysis
Dec 1, 2014 11:30 AM
Cathrine Holst contributes with a chapter on normative analysis in the social sciences in a book in honour of sociologist Margareta Bertilsson.
Academic Work and Careers in Europe
Nov 12, 2014 10:09 AM
Tatiana Fumasoli, Gaële Goastellec and Barbara M. Kehm are the editors of the new volume Academic Work and Careers in Europe: Trends, Challenges, Perspectives.