In this paper Marianne Riddervold seeks to contribute to the debate about the role of norms in EU foreign policy by looking at EU policies in the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the making of a Consolidated Maritime Labour Convention (ILOMLC).
This paper takes as object of study a defining period of Norway's relations to the EU, from 1959, when EFTA was established, to 1962, when Britain's first application for EC membership was vetoed by de Gaulle. It is argued here that EFTA represented an ideal solution for Norway in downplaying political tensions and cleavages in Norway. The option of EC membership, meanwhile, did not acquire any similar policy consensus.
ARENA Working Paper 25/1998 (html)
Hans Otto Frøland
Why do states comply with international norms? This paper draws together agency-focused regime literature and constructivist accounts of socialization to give a fuller picture of compliance, taking as case study the European human rights regime.
ARENA Working Paper 11/1999 (html)
Jeffrey T. Checkel
How should we conceive of the EU's collective decision to expand towards Central and Eastern Europe? This paper analyses the process and finds that rationalist and constructivist approaches both have something to offer; while pursuit of self-interest may predominate, decision-making is played out within a framework of perceived consensus and need for legitimacy.
ARENA Working Paper 15/1999 (html)
This paper discusses oil producer cooperation in the light of regime theory and finds that while such theory may have little specific to offer in this field, there are sound alternative explanations to voluntary cooperation among oil-producing states.
ARENA Working Paper 12/1999 (html)
Dag Harald Claes