European integration has, it is often argued, beenmarked by a bias towards market freedoms to the detriment of social values and rights. This paper discusses to what extent the Charter of Fundamental Rights is a step towards redressing this inbalance by introducing a social fundament to the market values hitherto conceived.

ARENA Working Paper 01/2003 (pdf)

Agustín José Menéndez

This paper presents the results of a unique empirical study on committe identity and allegiance. One of the observations is that while multiple allegiance is a universal feature of committe work, the relative weight of national, supranational and sectoral loyalties vary systematically between Council and Commission committees.

ARENA Working Paper 02/2003 (pdf)

Morten Egeberg, Guenther F. Schaefer and Jarle Trondal

Discussing the argument that the EU should hold a European taxation power, the author finds this claim to be fully justifiable on an empirical as well as a normative basis. Legally mandated by Community law, EU taxation is also normatively desirable from the point of view of European public space and the redistributive requirements of an enlarged Europe.

ARENA Working Paper 03/2003 (pdf)

Agustín José Menéndez

In its hybrid form, the EU represents a novel political space; this paper discusses the evolving European party system in the light of historical and comparative parallels. By commenting on the present state and suggesting some predictions for the future, the paper thus invites to a critical reflection on the mechanisms creating and sustaining different sorts of cleavage-based party systems.

ARENA Working Paper 07/2003 (pdf)

Knut Heidar

This paper discusses the varying degree of implementation and compliance with international norms, taking EU and EFTA legislation as centre of analysis. Looking closer at the form of resolution when international norms conflict with national law, it is found that domestic traditions and political culture have considerable bearing on the efficiency of implementation - more so than any power of enforcement at the European level.

ARENA Working Paper 08/2003 (pdf)

Ulf Sverdrup

How should one perceive of the efforts to strengthen the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU? This paper considers this development in the light of political theory, concluding that interest-based political realism must be supplemented by a deliberative perspective to take full account of the strenghtened foreign policy capabilities of the EU.

ARENA Working Paper 09/2003 (pdf)

Helene Sjursen

This paper investigates the claim of a twofold change in European security and defence - regarding (i) the referent object and (ii)the best means to achieve security. To approach this issue area the concept of communicative rationality is suggested as a possible device.

ARENA Working Paper 10/2003 (pdf)

Helene Sjursen

This papers considers the European constitution-making process in the light of three perspectives of constitutional legitimacy. The evolving treaty, it is claimed, is legitimate in the sense of being (i) functional and (ii) power-constraining. Constitutional legitimacy, however, may also require a (iii) power-establishing or revolutionary character; according to this third perspective, the EU constitutional process does not fully answer the demands of legitimacy.

ARENA Working Paper 14/2003 (pdf)

Hauke Brunkhorst

Assessing the attempts to forge a Constitution for Europe, this article focuses on the incorporation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. While clearly legitimate to a post-national democracy and the idea of a constitution, rights should nevertheless be right in the sense of resting on a popular-discursive consensus.

ARENA Working Paper 17/2003 (pdf)

Erik Oddvar Eriksen

What is the normative basis of a common European voice in foreign affairs? The article traces EU legitimacy in the consistent promotion of human rights, carrying normative power as well as an increasingly solid basis in international law.

ARENA Working Paper 19/2003 (pdf)

Janne Haaland Matlary

What are the achievements of the Convention on the future of Europe? In the light of contrasting constitutional visions, the paper discusses whether the document produced by the Convention should be seen as constitutional treaty or constitution proper. It arrives at the conclusion that no unequivocal judgement can be made; however, the Convention makes certain qualitative leaps away from treaty towards constitutional patriotism.

ARENA Working Paper 21/2003 (pdf)

John Erik Fossum

On the assumption that integration from above must be accompanied by the creation of a European public sphere, the paper looks closer at debates of European issues in Germany. Analyses of political debates show that the media are quintessential actors in their own right – and especially so in their promotion of a European political space.

ARENA Working Paper 23/2003 (pdf)

Ruud Koopmans and Barbara Pfetsch