ARENA Working Papers 1997
ARENA working papers are pre-prints of research articles and chapters analysing issues of European governance and politics.
This paper couples the concept of Europeanization with institutional theory, applying it on the two non-member states Switzerland and Norway. It is revealed that domestic institutional logics rather than formal membership is conducive to processes of adaptation.
The Changing Preconditions of Law and Politics. Multilevel Governance and Mutually Interdependent, Reflexive and Competing Institutions in the EU and the EEA
This paper discusses the transformation of hitherto nationally defined spaces of law and politics. In the study of evolving system of multilevel governance, it is argued, new inroads must be found - focusing more on communicative aspects than ancient categories of jurisdiction.
Europeisering av sentraladministrative organer. Om tilknytningsformer til EU og departementale koordineringsformer
What is the rationale underpinning united Germany's relations to its neighbours, and how may German power be conceptualised? This paper reviews a contribution of Katzenstein on the subject, adding some intriguing institutional observations of Germany soft-power, multilateral approach.
This paper accounts for constitutional design in a historical perspective, bringing to light the limited practical merits of a range of political thinkers. Nevertheless, it is argued, political theorists have a lot to offer constitutional debates, particularly so to counteract judicial and comparative overweight with fresh ideas.
Going against the grain of evermore fragmented theories of EU development, this paper makes the case for new institutionalism as an overarching theory, drawing on empirical studies of EU governance of the single market.
An Organization Theory Perspective on Multilevel Governance in the EU: The Case of the EEA as a Form of Affiliation
What are the organisational logics underpinning relations between the national level and the EU? This paper illuminates EU-nation-state dynamics by contrasting the EEA affiliation of Norway to full-fledged membership membership. Where the latter is characterised by equilibrium between sectoral and territorial concerns (Commission vs. Council), the Norwegian case is somewhat different.
A later version of this article was published in Nordisk Administrativt Tidsskrift 78 (4), 1997.
This paper accounts for post-1990 developments in the relationship between Germany and Poland. In particular, it questions whther a sort of regional partnership may be developing across the historically contested border.
Fragmented Law - From Unitary to Pluralistic Legal Systems - A Socio-Legal Perspective of Post-National Legal Systems
What becomes the fate of fundamental politico-legal principles as differentiation and multi-level political systems emerge? This paper captures the grandes lignes of the present development in Europe, where various forces go to counteract what has traditionally been a set of unitary legal systems.
In light of the burgeoning common currency of the EU, this paper takes a historical sweep to look at the quintessential relationship between nation-state and money, arguably an under-studied object of political history.
What are the epistemological links between culture and law? This paper aims to retrace their relation, based on the weberian argument that modernity and rationalization have removed jurisdiction from its basic, cultural justification.
This paper accounts for the dynamics of the EU's Common Commercial Policy (CCP). With the Commission acting as agent in international trading regimes, it is clear that intergovernmentalism does not fully capture its role. In this paper we are presented with a refined version of Putnam's two level bargaining to better conceive of CCP processes.
This paper analyses the EMU debate in Sweden, drawing on a governmental report mandated to sketch out pros and cons of Swedish membership. Interestingly, the resulting report points towards a new equilibrium between Keynesian and monetarist approaches - an observation carrying wider implications for Europe as well.
This paper discusses the potential of EMU in resolving economic stagnation in Europe; more directly, it questions whether tenets of Scandinavian social democracy may have something to offer to Europe in search of a sort of progressive consensus.
A later version of this article was published in P. Koslowski and A. Føllesdal (eds) (1997) Democracy and the European Union, Heidelberg: Springer.