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)
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)
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)
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 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
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 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)
Questioning the alleged democratic deficit of the EU, this paper makes the case for discourse theory as alternative to the traditional liberal and republican conceptions of democracy.
ARENA Working Paper 04/1999 (html)
Erik O. Eriksen
This papers applies role conceptions as conceptual device to show how differing national identities in Britain, Germany and France lead to contrasting foreign policies in a post-Cold-War setting.
ARENA Working Paper 08/1999 (html)
This paper addresses the European Union in a deliberative perspective, portraying deliberation as the only viable procedure of non-coercive integration beyond the nation-state.
ARENA Working Paper 09/1999 (html)
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
Why do states comply with international norms? This paper draws together agency-focused regime literature and constructivist accounts of socialization to give a fuller picture of compliance, taking as case study the European human rights regime.
ARENA Working Paper 11/1999 (html)
Jeffrey T. Checkel
This paper studies the rhetoric of Norwegian and Saudi Arabian oil ministers on the basis of John Searle's typology of speech acts.
ARENA Working Paper 13/1999 (html)
Dag Harald Claes
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)
This paper considers subsidiarity as introduced by the Amsterdam Treaty in the light of democratic deliberation and alternative notions of legitimacy.
ARENA Working Paper 21/1999 (html)
This paper discusses the potential of social constructivism to gain a better understanding of international institutions; socialization is conceived of as a key concept for such understanding to be reached.
ARENA Working Paper 05/2004 (html)
Jeffrey T. Checkel
This paper discusses oil producer cooperation in the light of regime theory and finds that while such theory may have little specific to offer in this field, there are sound alternative explanations to voluntary cooperation among oil-producing states.
ARENA Working Paper 12/1999 (html)
Dag Harald Claes
This paper summarizes two decades of reforming European welfare states, while aspiring to give a balanced prediction for the future; it is argued here that organic adaptation is inherent to welfare regimes, pointing towards certain survival, yet in altered form.
ARENA Working Paper 19/1999 (html)
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)
This paper argues that social constructivism suffers from a lack of micro-level, social agency theory; it attempts to fill this lacuna by analyzing state actor compliance with human rights regimes.
ARENA Working Paper 24/1999 (html)
Jeffrey T. Checkel
This essay reviews a recent volume on globalization, marketisation and the challenges these developments pose to democratic political theory and practice at the turn of the century.
ARENA Working Paper 23/1999 (html)
Erik Oddvar Eriksen
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
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)
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)
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 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)