John Erik Fossum

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John Erik Fossums faglige interesseområder er politisk teori, EU og konstitusjonalisme, europeisering og internasjonal integrasjon.


Fossum er professor ved ARENA og har tidligere vært førsteamanuensis, og senere professor, ved Institutt for administrasjon og organisasjonsvitenskap, Universitetet i Bergen. Han har doktorgrad i statsvitenskap fra University of British Colombia, Canada.

Curriculum vitae (pdf)


Leder av delprosjektet "Law and Democracy" innenfor EuroDiv prosjektet. Prosjektet er finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd (2013- 2017).

Medlem av Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe, PADEMIA (2013- 2017).

Medleder av NORCONE prosjekt (2011- 2013).

Medlem av styringskommittee for ESF-finansiert programm “Responding to Complex Diversity in Europe and Canada” (RECODE) (2010- 2014).

Leder av RECON-prosjekets arbeidspakker (WP 2 i samarbeid med Ben Crum og WP 9 i samarbeid med Christian Joerges) (2007- 2011).

Leder av delsprosjektet 'The constitutional-democratic dimension of the political order' innenfor Eurotrans prosjektet. Prosjektet var finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd (2007- 2011).

Vitenskapelig ansvare og leder av to delprosjekter innenfor "Citizenship and Democratic Legitimacy" (CIDEL) prosketet (2002-2005).


Emneord: Demokrati, Politisk teori, Konstitusjonalisme, Europeisering, Europeisk integrasjon, Institusjoner, EU, Brexit



Det norske paradoks: Om Norges forhold til Den europeiske union (red. med Erik O. Eriksen), 2014, Universitetsforlaget. Det norske paradoks tar for seg hvilken betydning Norges EU-tilknytning har for folkestyret. Hvordan påvirker denne forutsetningene for konstitusjonelt demokrati? I et år vi markerer jubileet for Grunnloven må vi også se på dens status opp mot avtalene med EU.

Practices of Inter-parliamentary Coordination in International Politics: The European Union and Beyond (co-editor with Ben Crum), 2013, ECPR Press. This volume provides a thorough empirical examination of how an internationalising context drives parliamentarians to engage in inter-parliamentary coordination; how it affects their power positions vis-à-vis executive actors; among themselves; and in society in general.

Rethinking Democracy and the European Union (co-editor with Erik O. Eriksen), 2012, Routledge. This book looks at both the concept of the EU as a political system, and analyses the meaning and status of democracy in Europe today. It draws upon leading scholars and practitioners from the RECON project (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe) to frame and analyse a range of institutional realms and policy fields, including constitutionalisation, representative developments, gender politics, civil society and public sphere, identity, and security and globalisation. Drawing together these strands, the book questions whether EU politics require a new theory of democracy, and evaluates the relationship between union and state, and the possible future of post-national democracy

The Constitution’s Gift, Boulder, Co.: Rowman and Littlefield 2011 (co-author: A.J. Menendez). The authors consider the process of forging the EU's constitution and the set of fundamental norms that define the institutional structure, the decision-making procedures, and the foundations of the Union's democratic legitimacy. Their analysis illuminates the distinctive features of the EU's pluralist constitutional construct but also the interesting parallels to the Canadian constitutional experience and provides the tools to understand the Union's development, especially during the Laeken (2001–2005) and Lisbon (2007–2009) processes of constitutional reform.To understand these processes the authors develop the theory of constitutional synthesis which captures the distinctive traits of the European Union as a polity. It explains why and how the European Communities were established as the first constitutional union of constitutional states wherein integration would be steered by law, not power politics or imperialism. Similarly, it presents the European Union as one of the few examples of a polity that has transcended the paradigm of the nation-state (and perhaps even that of the state). Locating the substance and process of Lisbon in its proper constitutional context, Fossum and Menéndez explain why this should be seen as a new beginning of the Union's constitutional season, not its end.

The European Union and the Public Sphere: A communicative space in the making? London: Routledge 2007 (Philip Schlesinger co-editor). This book assesses the possible formation of a communicative space that might enable and engender the creation of a transnational or a supranational public. The contributors consider the EU's democratic credentials and how well it communicates, and they also evaluate the major institutions and their links to general publics.

Developing a Constitution for Europe, London: Routledge 2004 (John Erik Fossum, Agustín Menéndez co-editors). The European Union is currently in the midst of a comprehensive process of reform and the aim of this book is to adddress the challenge of forging a legitimate Constitution for the EU. The authors aim to clarify the constitutional status of the EU, to take stock of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and Convention on the Future of Europe as vehicles to forster and create a European constitution.

The 2007 and 2004 books are part of the series Routledge Studies on Democratizing Europe . John Erik Fossum is co-editor of this series.


  • Norway’s European ‘gag rules’, European Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, 73-92.
  • The Multilevel Parliamentary Field -A Framework for Theorising Representative Democracy in the EU”, European Political Science Review, 1:2, 249–271 (co-author: Ben Crum)
  • Europe’s American Dream, European Journal of Social Theory, 12(4):483-504
  • Is there a Norway in Quebec's future? 1905 and all That. Quebec studies: Vol. 25(4). 2008.
  • A Done Deal? The EU's legitimacy conundrum revisited (E.O.Eriksen co-author). (E.O. Eriksen, C. Joerges, F. Rödl (eds)) London: Routledge 2008.
  • constitutional Patriotism: Canada and the European Union.(P.Mouritsen ed.)Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
  • On democratizing European constitution-making: possible lessons from Canada's experience. Supreme Court Law Review 37, 2: 1-39. 2007
  • The European Union and the public sphere. A communicative space in the making? John Erik Fossum and Philip Schlesinger (eds.) The European Union and the public sphere. A communicative space in the making? London: Routledge 2007
  • "Is there a gidsland? Mentor states in world politics" (Guest editor), International Journal, Vol LXI, No. 4, 2006.
  • "Conceptualizing the European Union Through Four Strategies of Comparison", Comparative European Politics No. 4, 2006.
  • "The EU's fledgling society: From deafening silence to critical voice in European constitution making" (H. J. Trenz co-author) Journal of Civil Society, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2006.
  • "Conceptualising the EU’s Social Constituency", European Journal of Social Theory Vol. 8, No. 2, 2005.
  • "The Constitution’s Gift? A Deliberative Democratic Analysis of Constitution Making in the European Union" (A. J. Menéndez co-author) European Law Journal Vol. 11, No. 4, 2005.
  • "Europe in Search of Legitimacy: Strategies of Legitimation Assessed" (E. O. Eriksen co-author) International Political Science Review Vol. 25, No. 4, 2004.
  • "The European Union – In Search of an Identity", European Journal of Political Theory Vol. 2, No.3, 2003.
  • "Democracy through strong publics in the EU?" (E. O. Eriksen co-author) Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 40, No. 3, 2002.
  • "Identity-politics in the European Union", Journal of European Integration Vol. 23, 2001.
  • The Chartering of Europe: The Charter of Fundamental Rights and its Constitutional Implications (E. O. Eriksen and A. J. Menéndez co-editors) Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 2003.
  • Democracy in the European Union - Integration through Deliberation? (E. O. Eriksen co-editor) London: Routledge, 2000.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU. Challenges and Options, In Lorenzo Vai; Pier Domenico Tortola & Nicoletta Pirozzi (ed.),  Governing Europe. How to Make the EU More Efficient and Democratic.  Peter Lang Publishing Group.  ISBN 9782807600607.  Chapter 4.  s 73 - 90 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). Democratic Federalization and the Interconnectedness – Consent Conundrum, In John Erik Fossum & Markus Jachtenfuchs (ed.),  Federal Challenges and Challenges to Federalism.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138299016.  Chapter 2.  s 20 - 32
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). Democratic federalization and the interconnectedness–consent conundrum. Journal of European Public Policy.  ISSN 1350-1763.  24(4), s 486- 498 . doi: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1273372 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). European federalism: Pitfalls and possibilities. European Law Journal.  ISSN 1351-5993.  23(5), s 361- 379 . doi: 10.1111/eulj.12250 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv. Vis sammendrag
  • Fossum, John Erik & Jachtenfuchs, Markus (2017). Federal challenges and challenges to federalism. Insights from the EU and federal states, In John Erik Fossum & Markus Jachtenfuchs (ed.),  Federal Challenges and Challenges to Federalism.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138299016.  Chapter 1.  s 1 - 19
  • Fossum, John Erik & Jachtenfuchs, Markus (2017). Federal challenges and challenges to federalism. Insights from the EU and federal states John Erik. Journal of European Public Policy.  ISSN 1350-1763.  24(4), s 467- 485 . doi: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1273965 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Norwegian Reflections on Brexit. Political quarterly (London. 1930. Print).  ISSN 0032-3179.  87(3), s 343- 347 . doi: 10.1111/1467-923X.12287
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Reflections on EU Legitimacy and Governing. European Papers.  ISSN 2499-8249.  1(3), s 1033- 1040 . doi: 10.15166/2499-8249/114
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). The EU and Democracy, In Dennis Patterson & Anna Sodersten (ed.),  A Companion to European Union Law and International Law.  Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN 9781119037613.  Chapter 10.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2015). Introduction: Asymmetry and the problem of dominance, In Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (ed.),  The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony?.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138922457.  Chapter 1.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2015). The European Union's Non-Members: Independence under Hegemony?, In Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (ed.),  The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony?.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138922457.  Chapter 13.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Democracy and differentiation in Europe. Journal of European Public Policy.  ISSN 1350-1763.  22(6), s 799- 815 . doi: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1020838
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Reflections on the Role of Subnational Parliaments in the European Multilevel Parliamentary Field, In Gabriele Abels & Annegret Eppler (ed.),  Subnational Parliaments in the EU Multi-Level Parliamentary System: Taking Stock of the Post-Lisbon Era.  Studienverlag.  ISBN 9783706553964.  Chapter.  s 357 - 370
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Representation under hegemony? On Norway’s relationship to the EU, In Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (ed.),  The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony?.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138922457.  Chapter 9.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). The Crisis and the Question of De-parliamentarization in Europe, In Hans-Jørg Trenz; Carlo Ruzza & Virginie Guiraudon (ed.),  Europe's Prolonged Crisis: The Making or the Unmaking of a Political Union.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 1137493666.  Chapter 2.  s 44 - 62
  • Fossum, John Erik & Pollak, Johannes (2015). Which Democratic Principles for the European Union? What Deficit?, In Simona Piattoni (ed.),  The European Union - Democratic Principles and Institutional Architectures in Times of Crisis.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 978-0-19-871627-3.  Chapter 2.  s 29 - 45
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2014). Demokratisk konstitusjonalisme i en europeisert kontekst, I: Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (red.),  Det norske paradoks: Om Norges forhold til Den europeiske union.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02100-3.  Kapittel 1.  s 11 - 22
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2014). Innlemmelse uten medbestemmelse, I: Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (red.),  Det norske paradoks: Om Norges forhold til Den europeiske union.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02100-3.  Kapittel 12.  s 220 - 232
  • Fossum, John Erik (2014). Europeisk flernivådemokrati og status for Norge, I: Harald Baldersheim & Øyvind Østerud (red.),  Det norske demokratiet i det 21. århundre.  Fagbokforlaget.  ISBN 9788245016147.  4.  s 62 - 79

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  • Fossum, John Erik; Kastoryano, Riva & Siim, Birte (ed.) (2018). Diversity and Contestations over Nationalism in Europe and Canada. Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-1-137-58986-6.  431 s.
  • Fossum, John Erik & Jachtenfuchs, Markus (ed.) (2017). Federal Challenges and Challenges to Federalism. Routledge.  ISBN 9781138299016.  172 s. Vis sammendrag
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (ed.) (2015). The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony?. Routledge.  ISBN 9781138922457.  389 s.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (red.) (2014). Det norske paradoks: Om Norges forhold til Den europeiske union. Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02100-3.  275 s.

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  • Fossum, John Erik (2018). Autoritære regimers fremvekst.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2018, 02. februar). Bringing federalism back on the agenda. [Internett].
  • Fossum, John Erik (2018). Effects on EEA countries.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2018). Lessons from the EEA.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2018). Looking Across the Atlantic: The European Union and Canada Compared, In Christopher Dunn (ed.),  The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780199026166.  27.  s 501 - 513
  • Fossum, John Erik (2018). Norway and Brexit. Discover Society.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2018). The EU at a Crossroads: Muddling Through, Core Consolidation or Fragmentation?. Vis sammendrag
  • Bratberg, Øivind & Fossum, John Erik (2017). Folkeviljens fallitt?. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.  132(281), s 6- 6 . doi:
  • Bratberg, Øivind & Fossum, John Erik (2017). Revolusjonen som tapte sin røst. Samtiden. Tidsskrift for politikk, litteratur og samfunnsspørsmål.  127(4), s 40- 45
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). Are the lessons of the EEA relevant to Brexit.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). Brexit and the EEA.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). Democratic implications of the EU’s multiple crises.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). Does Brexit Herald a Re-assertion of the Nation-state?. e-International relations.  ISSN 2053-8626.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). EU Differentiation and the Role of the EEA.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017, 07. desember). Folkeavstemning- en god ide?. [Radio].  Studio 2 - P2.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). Nordic Populism. Vis sammendrag
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). The 2017 UK election: reflections from Norway (Election Analysis: UK Election Analysis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign) editors:. Vis sammendrag
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). The European Council and the EU's crises: A driver of core consolidation, a means of muddling through, or an instigator of fragmentation in Europe?.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2017). The European Union and the populist challenge. INROADS: THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF OPINION.  ISSN 1188-746X.  (41)
  • Fossum, John Erik; Brunkhorst, Hauke & Eigmüller, Monika (2017). Introduction: European transformations: Are the crises really over or is it just the end of their beginning?. European Law Journal.  ISSN 1351-5993.  23(5), s 310- 314 . doi: 10.1111/eulj.12257 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Alternatives to the EU.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Comment on keynote lecture 'Global justice against global finance'.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Crises, democracy and governance in a differentiated EU.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Democracy & legitimacy in the EU – Challenges and options.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU: Challenges and Options. ARENA Working Papers. 1.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Democratic Federalization.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Democratic federalization.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Democratic implications of the EU’s multiple crises.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Ever-Closer Union, National Sovereignty, Democracy and the Four Freedoms.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016, 05. desember). Folkeavstemning i Italia og Østerrikes presidentvalg. [TV].  TV2 Nyhetskanalen.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). How to rebuild the trust of EU citizens?.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Integration through conflict.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Lecture series.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016, 14. juni). Norway: A model for Brexit?. [Radio].  BBC Business Daily.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Onto a different field? The EU’s parliamentary dimension post-crisis.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Parliaments and legitimacy in the EU: Challenges and options.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Presentation.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Presentation.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Quo Vadis Europa?.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Quo vadis Europa? Consolidation, muddling through or fragmentation (return to a Europe of nation-states)?.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Representation and democratic legitimacy in complex multilevel systems: Comparing the European Union and Canada.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Should I stay or should I go? (Blog post on Centre on Constitutional Change's blog).
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). Studying the EU and its Crises: An analytical framework.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). The Politics of Accommodation in Europe.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2016). What does Norway do?. Prospect Magazine. Vis sammendrag
  • Eldholm, Marit; Lord, Christopher; Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2015, 01. juli). Britenes fire valg etter Brexit. [Internett].
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2015). The European Union’s Non-Members: Independence under Hegemony?.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar; Fossum, John Erik & Lord, Christopher (2015). Is Brexit akin to Independence under Hegemony?. Vis sammendrag
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Competing Euro Stories: Integration, Disintegration & Accommodation.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Competing stories? Integration, disintegration and accommodation.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Conceptualising political parties - Different theoretical perspectives. Vis sammendrag
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU: Challenges and Options.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Democratic Federalism.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Democratic federalization.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Et differensiert Europa? Mellom integrasjon og nasjonal suverenitet.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Europe as a cultural and historical entity: European identity - is there such a thing?.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). European integration in crisis - Origins, challenges, and visions.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Is living under the EEA Agreement akin to "Independence under Hegemony"?.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Partisanship as a Political Identity.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). PhD Workshop with John Erik Fossum.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Political parties: Representation as conflict handling in a European context.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Review of Jeremy Webber’s The Constitution of Canada. A Contextual Analysis. No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice.  ISSN 1797-2264.  12, s 154-- 161
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Security and Governance in the Globalised Arctic: Nordic and International Perspectives.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). The Arctic Contested.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). The complex interplay of integration and accommodation in Europe.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). The crisis and prospects for rescuing democracy in Europe.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015, 19. oktober). Valg i Canada. [TV].  NRK Urix. Vis sammendrag
  • Fossum, John Erik (2015). Workshop 3 on multilevel governance.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2014). Bokopposisjon: «Det norske paradoks».
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2014, 28. februar). EU-paradoks ved Norges grunnlovsjubileum. [Fagblad].  Juristkontakt, 2/2014, s. 30-31. Vis sammendrag
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2014, 15. januar). Har redusert sjølvstendet og tapt medverkand i EU. [Fagblad].  Apollon.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar; Fossum, John Erik; Sjursen, Helene & Eldholm, Marit (2014, 20. januar). EØS-avtalen truer demokratiet. [Internett].
  • Fossum, John Erik (2014). Crisis, democracy and differentiation in Europe.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2014, 24. februar). Er det norske sjølvstyret i fare?. [Fagblad].  Bladet Forskning, nr. 1/2014. Vis sammendrag
  • Fossum, John Erik (2014). Federalism and democracy in a changing world.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2014, 15. januar). Lite flytting i Europa.  Vårt Land.
  • Fossum, John Erik (2014). New Models of Federalism.

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