This paper debates the concept of administrative convergence in the light of a putative European model of administration. It is found that ideal-type characteristics may be too general to capture the multitude of administrative and organizational practices.
ARENA Working Paper 26/2002 (html)
Johan P. Olsen
Accounting for the role of EU institutions in the integration process,this introductory essay also brings a wider debate about the usefulness of institutional theory.
ARENA Working Paper 27/2002 (html)
Joseph Jupille, James A. Caporaso and Jeffrey T. Checkel
This paper sheds some light on the peaceful and democratic transformation of the nation-state occurring in Europe. It offers a systematic comparison of the EU experience with that of Canada, a democracy variously referred to as a post-national entity, multinational federation, or confederation.
ARENA Working Paper 28/2002 (html)
John Erik Fossum
This paper seeks to analyse relations between Norway and the EU in the double framework of globalisation and liberalisation. As argued in the paper, the EU itself as well as Norway's participation through the EEA may be seen as a promotion of as well as a defence against liberalist, globalising forces. The paper attempts to account for Norwegian EU adaptation in the light of its general pattern of globalisation.
ARENA Working Paper 29/2002 (html)
Dag Harald Claes and John Erik Fossum
The European Commission, in some ways more similar to a national government than to international institutions, is the object of scrutiny in this paper. On the basis of contrasting theoretical perspectives, the importance of nationality to Commission proceedings is considered; the paper finds the organizational perspective to offer particularly valuable insights in this area.
ARENA Working Paper 30/2002 (html)
From a starting point of relatively clear-cut division of competence between national and supra-national administration, the governing of the EU has incrementally turned towards multi-level adminstraion, characterised by the blurring of previous administrative borders. This paper discusses this development in the form of emerging networks around EU agencies in different sectors.
ARENA Working Paper 31/2002 (html)
This paper takes as point of departure the argued case for a European constitution implementing social as well as fundamental human rights. It discusses further what effects could and should follow from a formalization of social rights in the EU.
ARENA Working Paper 32/2002 (html)
Agustín José Menéndez
Feeding from empirical as well as conceptual inquiry, this paper questions the hypothesis of a clear-cut shift from national towards EU-level allegiance on the part of national officials. Actors, it is maintained, are embedded in multiple social environments, among which the national element remains of primary importance.
ARENA Working Paper 33/2002 (html)
This paper accounts for national regulation of the oil sector in Norway. It focuses on the manner in which Statoil has met the challenges from Europeanization and globalisation. One of the observations is that the Norwegian regulatory model has shown a marked resilience towards international reform, yet has adapted incrementally to these developments.
ARENA Working Paper 34/2002 (html)
Dag Harald Claes
With the tension between government and governance as starting point, this paper discusses the nature of the EU. Focusing on institutional aspects, it attempts to answer the question: Could the Union move be a way of democratising transnational governance?
ARENA Working Paper 35/2002 (html)
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
This paper debates the formalisation of fundamental human rights in the EU Charter; focus is placed on the tension between national sovereignty and assumedly universal rights. The EU is seen in the prospect of a cosmopolitan order possibly resolving the human rights dilemma.
ARENA Working Paper 36/2002 (html)
Erik Oddvar Eriksen
This essay investigates the conceptual and empirical links between globalization and Europeanization, tracing a common logic in contemporary developments.
ARENA Working Paper 37/2002 (html)
This paper discusses different strategies for mending the legitimacy deficit of the EU; it is argued here that legitimacy could be attained by way of three different paths, each pertaining to a a special vision of what the EU is and should be.
ARENA Working Paper 38/2002 (pdf)
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
What strategies are chosen by interest associations seeking to influence EU policy? This article investigates the pursuit of (i) access to policy networks and (ii) voice by political campaigns and finds the strategies to co-exist at the EU level.
ARENA Working Paper 39/2002 (pdf)