Eilert Sundts hus
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Moltke Moes vei 31
This paper investigates the claim of a twofold change in European security and defence - regarding (i) the referent object and (ii)the best means to achieve security. To approach this issue area the concept of communicative rationality is suggested as a possible device.
This article,written as a review of three contributions on social constructivism, is equally conceived as an evaluation of this approach with regards to its usefulness to IR theory. While admitting that social constructivism has added important insights, it is nevertheless argued that there are important lacunaes to be filled and unclarities to be clarified.
Jeffrey T. Checkel
This paper sheds some light on the peaceful and democratic transformation of the nation-state occurring in Europe. It offers a systematic comparison of the EU experience with that of Canada, a democracy variously referred to as a post-national entity, multinational federation, or confederation.
ARENA Working Paper 28/2002 (html)
John Erik Fossum
This paper investigates the transition of German foreign policy towards active participation in military operations abroad. It is argued here that exaplanations of German policy change should focus on the processes of deliberation and justification in the national public sphere.
ARENA Working Paper 10/2002 (html)
This paper accounts for the influence held by EU institutions on the foreign policy of post-Franco Spain; it is argued that throughout this period, EU membership rather than regime change has been the driving force behind foreign policy change.
ARENA Working Paper 26/2001 (html)
José I. Torreblanca
Based on a communicative perspective this article works out the theoretical possibility of a twofold change in European security; in the (i) referent object of security and in the (ii) understanding and practice of the best means to achieve security.
What is the relative weight of bargaining and arguing in the formation of EU foreign policy? Based on empirical data, this paper lends credence to the deliberative claim that there is more to negotiation than give and take; states may change their set of preferences by way of a learning process where even small actors may be pivotal.
What are the consequences of EU enlargement to the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy? This paper gives an outline of what to expect; inevitably, redefining the EU's borders will introduce new tasks and issues to the foreign policy domain.
ARENA Working Paper 18/1998 (html)
This paper accounts for changes of the late 1990s in the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Discussing whether changes towards supranationalism could be stable and consistent, it is argued that traditional foreign policy perspectives must be supplemented to account for new dynamics.
ARENA Working Paper 34/1999 (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