ARENA Working Papers 2014

In this paper, Habermas outlines how a European supranational federation could be constructed, an order based on the idea of the EU constituted by a “doubled” sovereign – the European citizens and the European peoples (the states).

ARENA Working Paper 13/2014 (pdf)

Jürgen Habermas

This paper investigates the relationship between the European Commission's expertise and its influence in intergovernmental policy areas through an analysis of the European Union security and defence policies and external migration.

ARENA Working Paper 12/2014 (pdf)

Meng-Hsuan Chou and Marianne Riddervold

This paper reviews recent policies by the European Commission as one of the biggest donors of humanitarian aid worldwide. It challenges the general notion that the EU's humanitarian aid is void of political or security interests, and shows how the European Union's Comprehensive Approach and the Resilience Strategy contribute to the politicization of humanitarian aid.

ARENA Working Paper 11/2014 (pdf)

Charlotte Dany

This paper analyses the relationship between the crisis in the European Union, media and democracy. It starts by addressing the effects of the crisis on media institutions and their functioning in democracy. The authors then analyse the politics of public discourse in Europe and its mediating effects on crisis perceptions, responses and democratic legitimacy, and lastly, how media, and social media in particular, can empower citizens affected by the Eurocrisis and help them to develop capacities of resilience.

ARENA Working Paper 10/2014 (pdf)

Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz

This paper raises the question of why member states of the European Union would be willing to share their powers in EU foreign policy with the Members of the European Parliament over whom they have little, if no control.

ARENA Working Paper 9/2014 (pdf)

Guri Rosén

This paper is analyzing university autonomy from four different perspectives; first by discussing how autonomy is conceptualized in the academic literature; second by analyzing the relationship between state authorities and universities; thirdly by discussing how autonomy affects organizational design; and lastly by looking at how reforms that are aimed at enhancing university autonomy have affected the internal governance structure.

ARENA Working Paper 8/2014 (pdf)

Tatiana Fumasoli, Åse Gornitzka and Peter Maassen

This paper draws upon the narrative element in academic accounts of Europeanisation as a story of social change and integration, and takes a discursive approach to analyzing Europeanisation. It explores variants of Europeanisation as a form of social imagination of the unity and diversity of a European society, and examines four interrelated processes in the narrative construction of European society.

ARENA Working Paper 7/2014 (pdf)

Hans-Jörg Trenz

This paper takes a look as so far undocumented relationships between EU agencies and the Commission. Drawing on new data sources the paper shows how EU agencies might have become parts of Commission departments' portfolios, indicating centralization of EU executive power.

ARENA Working Paper 6/2014 (pdf)

Morten Egeberg, Jarle Trondal and Nina M. Vestlund

This paper examines the constitutional system of the European Union, and how it has radically been called into question by the euro crisis. Fabbrini argues that the EU has entered a constitutional conundrum, and that a paradigm shift is required in order to escape from it.

ARENA Working Paper 5/2014 (pdf)

Sergio Fabbrini

This paper investigates the EU's 2008 decision to launch a maritime, military operation - NAVFOR Somalia/Operation Atalanta - off the Somali coast, as opposed to extending the NATO operation that was already in the area. Riddervold suggests a two phase analysis, drawing on communicative action-, and neo-realist theory.

ARENA Working Paper 4/2014 (pdf)

Marianne Riddervold

This paper explores the systemic perspective on deliberative democracy, asking whether non-majoritarian forums, to which decision-making is delegated, can be legitimated in a democratic system or even contribute to the deliberative quality of it.

ARENA Working Paper 3/2014 (pdf)

Claudia Landwehr

The EU’s member states, and in particular the Eurozone members, have moved themselves into a community of fate through lock-ins and normative commitments. Mending the Eurozone crisis has become a matter of justice, as some are profiting and some losing on the European Monetary Union. However, there is disagreement as to what medicine is the right cure.

ARENA Working Paper 2/2014 (pdf)

Erik Oddvar Eriksen

This paper assesses to what extent the Interinstitutional Agreement has strengthened the European Parliament’s ability to hold the Council to account for its foreign policy. The analysis finds that this arrangement introduces an element of checks and balances, however, its effect is limited by certain restrictions and the lack of sanction mechanisms.

ARENA Working Paper 1/2014 (pdf)

Guri Rosén