ARENA Working Papers 2014

This paper reviews recent policies by the European Commission as one of the biggest donors of humanitarian aid worldwide. It challenges the general notion that the EU's humanitarian aid is void of political or security interests, and shows how the European Union's Comprehensive Approach and the Resilience Strategy contribute to the politicization of humanitarian aid.

ARENA Working Paper 11/2014 (pdf)

Charlotte Dany

This paper analyses the relationship between the crisis in the European Union, media and democracy. It starts by addressing the effects of the crisis on media institutions and their functioning in democracy. The authors then analyse the politics of public discourse in Europe and its mediating effects on crisis perceptions, responses and democratic legitimacy, and lastly, how media, and social media in particular, can empower citizens affected by the Eurocrisis and help them to develop capacities of resilience.

ARENA Working Paper 10/2014 (pdf)

Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz

This paper is analyzing university autonomy from four different perspectives; first by discussing how autonomy is conceptualized in the academic literature; second by analyzing the relationship between state authorities and universities; thirdly by discussing how autonomy affects organizational design; and lastly by looking at how reforms that are aimed at enhancing university autonomy have affected the internal governance structure.

ARENA Working Paper 8/2014 (pdf)

Tatiana Fumasoli, Åse Gornitzka and Peter Maassen

This paper draws upon the narrative element in academic accounts of Europeanisation as a story of social change and integration, and takes a discursive approach to analyzing Europeanisation. It explores variants of Europeanisation as a form of social imagination of the unity and diversity of a European society, and examines four interrelated processes in the narrative construction of European society.

ARENA Working Paper 7/2014 (pdf)

Hans-Jörg Trenz

The EU’s member states, and in particular the Eurozone members, have moved themselves into a community of fate through lock-ins and normative commitments. Mending the Eurozone crisis has become a matter of justice, as some are profiting and some losing on the European Monetary Union. However, there is disagreement as to what medicine is the right cure.

ARENA Working Paper 2/2014 (pdf)

Erik Oddvar Eriksen

This paper assesses to what extent the Interinstitutional Agreement has strengthened the European Parliament’s ability to hold the Council to account for its foreign policy. The analysis finds that this arrangement introduces an element of checks and balances, however, its effect is limited by certain restrictions and the lack of sanction mechanisms.

ARENA Working Paper 1/2014 (pdf)

Guri Rosén