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

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

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