What is the Norway Model?
John Erik Fossum is published in The Political Quarterly with an article on the Norway Model and possible effects of a post-Brexit UK closely aligned with the EEA Agreement.
Brexit is a high‐stakes political process, but there is still no clear understanding of the political factors that underpin the various affiliation modes that the UK is currently debating. These are treated as quite static constructs, with emphasis on legal detail not the political and societal conditions that make them operate. What does the inclusion of the UK in the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement - which is the core component of the Norway model - do to that arrangement, itself a domestic Norwegian compromise? Will the arrangement continue to function, or will the UK's presence fundamentally alter or even abrogate the arrangement? This article spells out the specific political presuppositions that the Norway model rests on, and notes that the UK cannot emulate these. In addition, it argues that the more closely attached to the EEA agreement the UK is, the more precarious the arrangement will be.
What is the Norway Model? Mode of Affiliation or Political Compromise?
John Erik Fossum
The Political Quarterly