ARENA Working Papers 1994-2000 - Page 5

How should we conceive of the EU's collective decision to expand towards Central and Eastern Europe? This paper analyses the process and finds that rationalist and constructivist approaches both have something to offer; while pursuit of self-interest may predominate, decision-making is played out within a framework of perceived consensus and need for legitimacy.

ARENA Working Paper 15/1999 (html)

Frank Schimmelfenning

How can the inherent tensions between supposedly universal rights and cultural relativism be resolved? This paper takes this question to a concrete evaluation of two policy documents: (i) an UNESCO report and (ii) the Bangkok Declaration, both dealing with Asian, Westen and 'universal' values.

ARENA Working Paper 20/1999 (html)

Andreas Føllesdal

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)

Jeffrey Checkel