John Erik Fossum

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Phone +47 22 85 88 81
Visiting address Gaustadalléen 30A Floor UE 0373 Oslo
Postal address ARENA - Centre for European Studies P. O. Box 1143 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic Interests

John Erik Fossum's main fields of research include political theory, democracy, constitutionalism in the EU and Canada, as well as Europeanisation and transformation of the nation state. In the last two decades, Fossum has contributed extensively to the field of developing and applying federal and democratic theory to the EU as a distinct political system, and comparing the EU with Canada. Key contributions are co-edited and co-authored books such as the following with E. O. Eriksen, Democracy in the European Union: Integration through Deliberation? (Routledge, 2000), Rethinking Democracy and the European Union (Routledge, 2012), The European Union’s Non-Members: Independence under Hegemony? (Routledge, 2015), and The Constitution’s Gift with A. J. Menéndez, as well as a broad range of articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of the Routledge Studies on Democratizing Europe.


Fossum is Professor at ARENA. He has been professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen and holds a PhD in political science from the University of British Colombia, Canada.

Curriculum vitae (pdf) (June 2018)


From February 2019, Fossum is the scientific coordinator of the H2020-funded project EU Differentiation, Dominance, and Democracy (EU3D), which runs for 4 years and has ten partner universities and think tanks across Europe.

His work has informed and inspired a number of large research projects where he has played a leading role, including Integration and Division: Towards a Segmented Europe? (EuroDiv), Reconstituting Democracy in the European Union (RECON), The Norwegian Constitution in a Changing European Context (NORCONE), and Reconsidering Complex Diversity in the EU and Canada (RECODE).

Fossum is PhD co-supervisor in the MSCA-ITN The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union (PLATO) and participates in the project Negotiating diversity in Expanded European Public Spaces (PLURISPACE), funded by the HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) network. He particpates in several Erasmus+ Jean Monnet networks, notably VIADUCT (Enhancing Visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey Cooperation) and PELEEA (Post-Brexit Europe: Lessons from the European Economic Area).

Tags: Democracy, Political theory, Legitimacy, Constitutionalism, Europeanisation, European Parliament, European integration, Institutions, European Union, Brexit, EEA-agreement
Published Aug. 4, 2010 2:39 PM - Last modified Oct. 8, 2019 2:06 PM