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European decision-makers point to flexible relationships with the EU as a way to maintain their countries’ independence and autonomy. New research from ARENA suggests that political differentiation might in fact lead to the opposite, which does not bode well for the UK after Brexit.
Helene Sjursen explores the sources of legitimacy of the European Union's (EU) Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in the journal Global Affairs.
How do we arrange relations between EU members and non-member democracies in ways that secure core standards of democratic legitimacy? Will Brexit aggravate this difficulty?
In this guest blog post, professor Christopher Lord of ARENA gives an alternative take on how to understand the struggle behind the Brexit negotiations.
By using concepts of historic responsibility, Christopher Lord discusses whether decisions member states take together can constrain how any one of them can justifiably leave the EU in the article published in the Journal of European Integration.
Multiple crises have created new legitimacy challenges for the EU. Have the EU’s responses to these crises been legitimate? These questions are addressed by 20 partners in the European PhD network PLATO, which is coordinated by ARENA.
This paper draws upon the narrative element in academic accounts of Europeanisation as a story of social change and integration, and takes a discursive approach to analyzing Europeanisation. It explores variants of Europeanisation as a form of social imagination of the unity and diversity of a European society, and examines four interrelated processes in the narrative construction of European society.
This paper investigates the EU's 2008 decision to launch a maritime, military operation - NAVFOR Somalia/Operation Atalanta - off the Somali coast, as opposed to extending the NATO operation that was already in the area. Riddervold suggests a two phase analysis, drawing on communicative action-, and neo-realist theory.
This paper shows that the main pattern of European democratisation has unfolded along the lines of an EU organised as a multilevel system of representative parliamentary government and not as a system of deliberative governance as the transnationalists propound.
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
This paper contributes to the philosophical exchanges of Nussbaum’s version of the capability approach. Nussbaum herself presents her contribution as an alternative to John Rawls’ theory of justice, and following her lead, this paper compares Nussbaum and Rawls.
The purpose of this article is to heighten our understanding of the nature of the EU's social constituency. This article develops a conceptual-methodological framework that will help us to identify the EU's social constituency and spell out its specific traits.
John Erik Fossum
The paper treats the classic question of EU legitimacy and debates whether the convention establishing a Constitutional Treaty for Europe has managed to overcome the EU legitimacy deficit. Deliberative theory is applied to evaluate the constitutional process, concluding that the convention by way of increasing reflexivity managed to redress some of the aspects of this deficit.
John Erik Fossum
This article examines the question of the EU's uniqueness, with explicit reference to the EU as a case of transformation of or departure from the nation-state. To this end it applies a comparative framework with four strategies, the application of which to the EU yields a comprehensive test of the EU's uniqueness.
John Erik Fossum