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Hva er drivkreftene bak konstitusjonell endring, og hvordan plasserer norsk grunnlovsdebatt og manglende reform seg i et europeisk perspektiv? Denne artikkelen gir en vurdering av disse spørsmålene, med grunnlag i observasjonen at Norge ofte har ligget etter europeiske kolleger i konstitusjonell reform.
This paper discusses Norwegian constitutional reform (or the lack thereof) in a comparative European context, questioning why and to what extent Norway has been lagging behind European colleagues in reforming the constitution. The paper is in Norwegian.
ARENA Working Paper 13/2002 (html)
Johan P. Olsen
In its hybrid form, the EU represents a novel political space; this paper discusses the evolving European party system in the light of historical and comparative parallels. By commenting on the present state and suggesting some predictions for the future, the paper thus invites to a critical reflection on the mechanisms creating and sustaining different sorts of cleavage-based party systems.
This paper takes a historical view of the notion of citizenship as applied beyond local or national communities; it is argued that European Union citizenship can draw upon these experiences as well as provide the precedence for a global notion of citizenship.
ARENA Working Paper 22/2001 (html)
In his Stein Rokkan Memorial Lecture 2005, Johan P. Olsen explores how studies of political unification and differentiation in Europe may contribute to a better general understanding of the dynamics of territorial organization and the balancing of unity and diversity.
Johan P. Olsen
This paper accounts for constitutional design in a historical perspective, bringing to light the limited practical merits of a range of political thinkers. Nevertheless, it is argued, political theorists have a lot to offer constitutional debates, particularly so to counteract judicial and comparative overweight with fresh ideas.
ARENA Working Paper 26/1997 (html)