Sognsveien 68 (map)
With the tension between government and governance as starting point, this paper discusses the nature of the EU. Focusing on institutional aspects, it attempts to answer the question: Could the Union move be a way of democratising transnational governance?
ARENA Working Paper 35/2002 (html)
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
Discussing the argument that the EU should hold a European taxation power, the author finds this claim to be fully justifiable on an empirical as well as a normative basis. Legally mandated by Community law, EU taxation is also normatively desirable from the point of view of European public space and the redistributive requirements of an enlarged Europe.
Agustín José Menéndez
The European Commission, in some ways more similar to a national government than to international institutions, is the object of scrutiny in this paper. On the basis of contrasting theoretical perspectives, the importance of nationality to Commission proceedings is considered; the paper finds the organizational perspective to offer particularly valuable insights in this area.
ARENA Working Paper 30/2002 (html)
This paper makes the case for pushing Europe towards a res publica - that is, a polity in which citizens take part as lawmakers in the development of the European project. It is argued that the Treaties of Amsterdam and Nice have failed at this point, by focusing on management rather than the development a common-European public space.
ARENA Working Paper 12/2001 (html)
Institutions, omnipresent in the governing of European affairs, have important effects of socialization on states and other actors. This paper gives the introductory chapter to a volume of institutional theory on European institutions.
ARENA Working Paper 11/2001 (html)
Jeffrey T. Checkel
This paper outlines an organisational approach to the study of European integration; it is argued that while institutions matter in and by themselves, organisation theory may add important insights as to how individual behaviour is shaped and constrained by organisational characteristics.
ARENA Working Paper 10/2000 (html)
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.
This paper elevates liberal contract theory to the international scene, where it is found that inter-state inequalities are not illegitimate per se. However, while Rawlsian theory may not be applicabel to the world setting, it is nevertheless more consistent than what is often assumed.
ARENA Working Paper 08/1998 (html)
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)
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)