This study examines party contestation over Europe in mediated public discourses across seven countries. Data on party claims-making, drawn from media sources, are used to test hypotheses on party contestation over Europe, its relationship to the left/right cleavage, and the nature and emergence of Euroscepticism.
What is the role of linguistic minorities in nation building and re-building in Europe? How does European integration affect opportunity structures and basis of mobilisation? This paper looks upon the challenges of liguistic diversity in the cases of Germany, France and Spain.
What do differing perceptions of the Euro project tell us about national stereotypes? This paper analyses elite-level debates in the light of identity politics, focusing on the schism between British and Franco-German approaches to the EU as a supranational project.
ARENA Working Paper 01/1998 (html)
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.
ARENA Working Paper 27/1997 (html)
Bjørn Otto Sverdrup