Sognsveien 68 (map)
Analysing the implications of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, this paper argues that the Charter represents a culmination of the EU as a rights-based entity. Effects of this formalisation will be manifest in the EU's external relations - that is, towards applicant countries as well as in the common foreign and security policy.
ARENA Working Paper 18/2002 (html)
Agustín José Menéndez
What are the achievements of the Convention on the future of Europe? In the light of contrasting constitutional visions, the paper discusses whether the document produced by the Convention should be seen as constitutional treaty or constitution proper. It arrives at the conclusion that no unequivocal judgement can be made; however, the Convention makes certain qualitative leaps away from treaty towards constitutional patriotism.
John Erik Fossum
This paper discusses what kind of allegiance the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights might be based upon. Raising the issue of constitutional patriotism, on which similar documents have typically been built in the past, the author argues that recognition of Europe's deep diversity makes a better foundation for allegiance to the Charter.
John Erik Fossum
This paper presents the results of a unique empirical study on committe identity and allegiance. One of the observations is that while multiple allegiance is a universal feature of committe work, the relative weight of national, supranational and sectoral loyalties vary systematically between Council and Commission committees.
Morten Egeberg, Guenther F. Schaefer and Jarle Trondal
This paper discusses the pertinence of social constructivism to the study of integration. One observation is that while constructivism offers key insights, its assumptions and methodology should not be taken as fully tailored to meet integration students' needs. Rather, constructivism is apt to further theoretical development.
ARENA Working Paper 14/1998 (html)
This paper draws out an institutional perspective of political relations along two theoretical assumptions: (i) that identity and logic of appropriateness mitigates rational choice and (ii) that history is path-dependent and subject to fluctuating interests and institutional dynamics rather than being linear and predictable.
ARENA Working Paper 05/1998 (html)
James G. March and Johan P. Olsen
What lines could be drawn between constructivism and institutionalism with regards to subject matter and theoretical assumptions? This paper presents an unusual synthesis; empirics are drawn from national officials in EU committees, with focus on role conceptions and decision-making behaviour.
ARENA Working Paper 31/1999 (html)