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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 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 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
What lines could be drawn between constructivism and institutionalism with regards to subject matter and theoretical assumptions? This paper presents an unusual synthesis; empirics are drawn from national officials in EU committees, with focus on role conceptions and decision-making behaviour.
ARENA Working Paper 31/1999 (html)
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 competing principles of vote distribution in the EU Council within a framework of normative political theory.
ARENA Working Paper 25/1999 (html)
This paper discusses the marketisation of political citizenship towards client or customer roles. It is argued that while this is a logical effect of an increasingly complex public agenda, it also poses dangers for a conception of politics as endeavours for the collective good.
ARENA Working Paper 26/1999 (html)
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and Jarle Weigård
This paper evaluates the processes and interests involved in the development of a more legitimate EU.
ARENA Working Paper 27/1999 (html)
This paper investigates the dynamics of national officials involved in EU committee work. Drawing on organizational theory it is argued that the co-ordinative role of foreign ministries depends crucially on the framing of interaction in Brussels.
ARENA Working Paper 32/1999 (html)
This essay discusses the concept of theory as it has been applied in social sciences; it arrives at a classification of four different uses of the word.
ARENA Working Paper 33/1999 (html)
This paper accounts for changes of the late 1990s in the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Discussing whether changes towards supranationalism could be stable and consistent, it is argued that traditional foreign policy perspectives must be supplemented to account for new dynamics.
ARENA Working Paper 34/1999 (html)
This paper attempts to conceptualize the role of the state in a post-national world by applying a relational understanding of sovereignty and authority.
ARENA Working Paper 35/1999 (html)
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 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 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)
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)
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)