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?
Facing tough competition within the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, ARENA’s bid has been granted. The GLOBUS project will examine the EU as a global actor.
What are the options for Norway should it decide to withdraw from the EEA Agreement? Is a Swiss-style free-trade agreement an option, and if so, would it be more democratic?
Erik O. Eriksen sheds light on the EU as an idea and concept in his newest book, which was recently discussed at a book launch with the Minister for EU/EEA affairs.
What options are available for the Brits should they decide to leave the European Union? Some important lessons can be drawn from Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.
The European Commission has exerted a surprising level of influence over decisions in EU foreign and security policy, a new study finds.
ARENA is one of nine partners in a new EU-funded Jean Monnet Network. TARN is ARENA's fourth Erasmus+ network.
The Norwegian European policy is characterized by form rather than by content, a new study indicates.
A special issue of Politics and Governance analyses the role of expert knowledge in EU decision-making.
The EU system has changed significantly as a result of the euro crisis. A large international conference in Oslo discussed the democratic implications of these changes, both for the EU and Norway.
Christopher Lord and John Erik Fossum contribute to PADEMIA's weblectures on parliamentary democracy, which are now available online.
Tatiana Fumasoli explains how academic career structures are changing in Europe in an interview with Times Higher Education.
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.
Assessing Actually-Existing Trajectories of EU Politicisation
Nov 2, 2015 01:12 PM
Christopher Lord has co-authored an article with Pieter de Wilde on EU politicisation in West European Politics. They argue that domestic conflict may be the most promising basis for the democratic politicisation of the EU via media debate.
Beyond Intergovernmental Cooperation
Oct 19, 2015 10:01 AM
Marianne Riddervold and Guri Rosén explore the de facto involvement and influence of the Commission and the European Parliament in the EU's foreign and security policy, finding that the EU has moved beyond intergovernmental cooperation also in this policy area.
Constitutional Law or Straitjacket?
Oct 5, 2015 11:45 AM
Agustín José Menéndez has published an article (in Spanish) in the Italian journal Teoria Politica, in which he argues that the theoretical and empirical basis of the new «financial constitutional law» are deeply flawed.
Europe's Prolonged Crisis
Sep 23, 2015 09:44 AM
Hans-Jörg Trenz is co-editor of a book on state and society transformations in the context of the crisis and its aftermath in Europe. The volume includes several chapters by ARENA staff.