This paper sketches an organization theory-based approach to the study of public administrative behavior, institutions and developments in the context of democratic governance.

ARENA Working Paper 01/2007 (pdf)

Johan P. Olsen

How should we account for the emerging networked-based administrative capacity at the EU level? This paper analyses developments in the higher education sector.

ARENA Working Paper 02/2007 (pdf)

Åse Gornitzka

How is the University as an institution affected by ongoing processes of European integration?

ARENA Working Paper 03/2007 (pdf)

Å. Gornitzka, P. Maassen, J. P. Olsen, and B. Stensaker

The European Commission occupies a pivotal role as the key executive institution of the European Union (EU). This paper aims to re-assess the behavioural autonomy of the European Commission, as well as organisational conditions thereof.

ARENA Working Paper 04/2007 (pdf)

Jarle Trondal

This paper discusses the ‘agencification’ and fragmentation of national governments, and questions whether a ‘methodological nationalism’ has hindered us from seeing the emerging executive centre at the level above, i.e. the European Commission, and the re-coupling of nationally decoupled agencies into a multilevel Union administration.

ARENA Working Paper 05/2007 (pdf)

Morten Egeberg

Institutions based upon the systematic separation of different decision functions may stimulate deliberative decision-making, if they hinder negotiators from introducing their bargaining power into the negotiation process. Such arrangements exist for the regulation of requirements for health and safety of products within the Single Market. The article explores the underlying causal mechanism and examines the cases of machines and toys.

ARENA Working Paper 06/2007 (pdf)

Thomas Gehring

This article addresses the study of public administration and how this is brought back into the study of European integration and European Union (EU) governance.

ARENA Working Paper 07/2007 (pdf)

Jarle Trondal

Is the European Research University going to be a historical parenthesis? University dynamics is seen as driven by tensions between three of the key institutions of modern society - science, representative democracy and the market economy - and between different policy-sectors and levels of governance. What kind of university and what kind of academics are we likely to see in future, and what will be the University's role in society?

ARENA Working Paper 08/2007 (pdf)

Johan P. Olsen

This paper contributes to the empirical knowledge in the field by investigating bicameral political dynamics based on a combined data set covering legislators’ behavior in both the Council and the Parliament.

ARENA Working Paper 09/2007 (pdf)

Bjorn Hoyland and Sara Hagemann

This paper discusses the hypothesised decline of bilateral diplomacy in the EU and presents an empirical indicator of such decline, measuring the number of diplomatic staff over time in bilateral embassies.

ARENA Working Paper 10/2007 (pdf)

Øivind Bratberg

This paper aims at contributing to the empirical turn in deliberative theory, by analysing the presence of arguing and bargaining in the working groups of the Council of the EU.To what extent is arguing an important mode of decision-making in the Council, what circumstances make arguing more likely to occur and what types of actors are most inclined to argue?

ARENA Working Paper 11/2007 (pdf)

Daniel Naurin

The EU is frequently understood as a special kind of governance system characterized by its strong degree of interpenetration of different levels of government and a plethora of interactions between EU institutions, administrations from national and subnational levels, as well as organized non-state interests. Nowhere is this kind of multi-level governance as evident as in the committees system of the EU. This article examines and explains a crucial property of this system, the committees and experts groups organised by the European Commission.

ARENA Working Paper 12/2007 (pdf)

Åse Gornitzka and Ulf Sverdrup

This paper presents three landmark articles on “The new institutionalism” that are part of a research agenda launched more than twenty years ago.“The new institutionalism” offers a perspective on how political life is organized, functions and changes in contemporary democracies. In contrast with an older institutionalism that used formal-legal rules as proxies for political action, the new institutionalism is behavioral.

ARENA Working Paper 13/2007 (pdf)

Johan P. Olsen

In spite of relentless criticism over many years bureaucracies and bureaucrats are possibly experiencing a renaissance. The aim of this paper is to make sense of this puzzle by exploring bureaucracy as a specific way of organizing public administration in democratic societies. Through what processes and under what conditions is administrative organization likely to come close to the Weberian ideal type?

ARENA Working Paper 14/2007 (pdf)

Johan P. Olsen

This paper specifies the scope conditions of the logics of appropriateness and consequentiality in the JHA Council.

ARENA Working Paper 15/2007 (pdf)

Jonathan P. Aus

This article aims to understand how the dynamics of the public debate about the European Constitution changed when the baton was passed from the Convention to the Intergovernmental Conference and to the different national arenas that were expected to ratify the Constitution.

ARENA Working Paper 16/2007 (pdf)

Regina Vetters

Applying large-N questionnaire data this paper investigates which institutions are influencing national agencies when they are practising EU legislation.

ARENA Working Paper 17/2007 (pdf)

Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal

This conceptual paper provides a working definition of politicisation of European integration, based on a literature review.

ARENA Working Paper 18/2007 (pdf)

Pieter de Wilde

This paper examines evolutionary theories developed in the life sciences and explores the ways in which specific concepts and/or insights from these theories can be profitably applied to social and political institutions.

ARENA Working Paper 19/2007 (pdf)

Orion Lewis and Sven Steinmo