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)
ARENA Working Paper 02/1998 (No full text version available)
What are the consequences of Europeanization and devolution on the boundaries of political culture and media in Britain? This paper offers particular insights in the effects of the Scottish parliament.
ARENA Working Paper 03/1998 (html)
ARENA Working Paper 04/1998 (No full text version available)
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
ARENA Working Paper 06/1998 (No full text version available)
Kjell Magne Bondevik
This paper explores the grounds for claims of compensation based on past injustice, with particular attention to indigenous minorities.
ARENA Working Paper 07/1998 (html)
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 social and political rights of third-country nationals in EU countries. Whereas the European Citizenship clause introduced by the Amsterdam Treaty excludes this group, this arguably violates basic democratic rights of participation.
ARENA Working Paper 9/1998 (html)
This paper offers some normative considerations over how to organise legitimate and good government in the European Union, taking into account individual political rights as well as national equilibria.
ARENA Working Paper 10/1998 (html)
This paper discusses the universal public service approach in the light of internationalization and deregulation of telecom regimes.
ARENA Working Paper 11/1998 (html)
Eli Skogerbø & Tanja Storsul
ARENA Working Paper 12/1998 (No full text version available)
Hans Otto Frøland
ARENA Working Paper 13/1998 (No full text version available)
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 are the variables primarily affecting bureaucrats' autonomy in decision-making and recruitment? This paper directs our focus towards institutional features in an attempt to define the conditions stimulating - or countering - bureaucratic autonomy.
ARENA Working Paper 15/1998 (html)
This article examines changing conceptions of citizenship and the rights of minorities -- that is, national membership -- in contemporary Europe. In so doing, it addresses some of the theoretical challenges faced by social constructivism when aspiring to account for agency in the diffusion of social norms.
ARENA Working Paper 16/1998 (html)
This paper addresses the common assumption of causality between ideas and macroeconomic policy. Typically, it is argued, the causal link is opposite, due to external pressures; however, ideas may matter when maintaining an outdated regime in spite of such changing circumstances.
ARENA Working Paper 17/1998 (html)
What are the consequences of EU enlargement to the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy? This paper gives an outline of what to expect; inevitably, redefining the EU's borders will introduce new tasks and issues to the foreign policy domain.
ARENA Working Paper 18/1998 (html)
This paper takes on the intricate relations between French social demorats and the EMU, which has been perceived as a liberalist scheme on the one side and a Euro-social project on the other. Although Mitterand and Delors influenced greatly the EMU project, French social democracy includes other and clearly divergent currents.
ARENA Working Paper 19/1998 (html)
How do senior EU officials perceive of the role of EU bureaucracy? Distinguishing between the merit-based weberian approach and one based on national representation, this paper investigates this issue by way of primary sources.
ARENA Working Paper 20/1998 (html)
Taking the Amsterdam Treaty as object of study, this paper makes the case for an institutionalist perspective of the EU. Institutional reform, it is argued, stems less from member state power and preferences than from path-dependence, internal dynamics and specific circumstances of the ICG.
ARENA Working Paper 21/1998 (html)
ARENA Working Paper 22/1998 (No full text version available)
ARENA Working Paper 23/1998 (No full text version available)
What are the role perceptions of national officials in EU policy-making? Drawing on extensive interview data, this paper seeks to apply key organisational and institutional insights to the EU setting.
ARENA Working Paper 24/1998 (html)
This paper takes as object of study a defining period of Norway's relations to the EU, from 1959, when EFTA was established, to 1962, when Britain's first application for EC membership was vetoed by de Gaulle. It is argued here that EFTA represented an ideal solution for Norway in downplaying political tensions and cleavages in Norway. The option of EC membership, meanwhile, did not acquire any similar policy consensus.
ARENA Working Paper 25/1998 (html)
Hans Otto Frøland