Erik Oddvar Eriksen

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Postadresse ARENA - Senter for europaforskning PB 1143 Blindern 0318 Oslo

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Eriksens forskningsområder er i hovedsak politisk teori, demokratisk styring (governance), offentlig politikk og europeisk integrasjon. Hans interesse for legitimt styre har gitt publikasjoner om demokrati i EU, demokratisk styring (governance) og lederskap, statens funksjoner og limitasjoner, deliberativt demokrati, tillit, regional politikk, sikkerhetspolitikk og velferdsstaten.


Erik Oddvar Eriksen har tidligere vært professor ved Universitetet i Tromsø og Universtitetet i Bergen, og professor II  ved henholdsvis Senter for profesjonsstudier, Høyskolen i Oslo og Universitetet i Aalborg.


Erik Oddvar Eriksen har vært medlem av forskningsstyret for Demokratiprogrammet ved Universitetet i Oslo siden 2008.

Han har også vært medlem av styret for vitenskapelig råd ved  Stockholms senter for forskning på offentlig sektor (SCORE) siden 1998.

Han er i tillegg er han medlem i redaksjonene til The Open Political Science Journal, Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift; Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, Ethics & Global Politics, og han er medredaktør for serien Routledge Studies on Democratising Europe.


Eriksen er koordinator for prosjektet REFLEXDemocracy and Expert Rule: The Quest for Reflexive Legitimacy, finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd (2016-2021). 

Han var leder for prosjektet EuroDiv - Integration and division: Towards a segmented Europe?, som er finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd (2013-2018).

Han er med-leder for underprosjektet "The EU and Global Justice" i prosjektet GLOBUS - Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice. GLOBUS er et samarbeidsprosjekt mellom 8 forskningsinstitusjoner over hele verden, er koordinert fra ARENA og finansiert av EUs forskningsprogram Horisont 2020.

Eriksen var forskningsleder for det Norges Forskningsråds-finansierte prosjektet EuroTrans - The Transformation and Sustainability of European Political Order (2007-2013).

Han var forskningsleder for det Norges Forskningsråds-finansierte prosjektet NORCONEThe Norwegian Constitution in a Changing European Context (2011-2013).

Eriksen var vitenskapelig koordinator for det EU-finansierte prosjektet RECON - Reconstituting Democracy in Europe, et samarbeidsprosjekt mellom 21 partnere i 12 europeiske land og New Zealand. Prosjektet løp fra 2007 gjennom 2011, og ble finansiert av EU-kommisjonens sjette rammeprogram.

Han hadde også det vitenskapelige ansvaret for CIDEL - Citizenship and Democratic Legitimacy in the European Union; et samarbeidsprosjekt mellom 10 partnere i seks europeiske land, finansiert av EU-kommisjonens femte rammeprogram (1998-2002).

Curriculum vitae (pdf)

Emneord: Demokrati, Politisk teori, Governance, Legitimitet, Offentlig politikk, Europeisk integrasjon, Institusjoner, EU, Brexit, EØS-avtalen


  • Selected books

  • Eriksen, E. O. (2019). Contesting Political Differentiation. European Division and the Problem of DominancePalgrave Macmillan.
  • This book discusses the causes and nature of political differentiation in Europe. It deals with the normative problem of differentiated integration, both in its vertical and horizontal dimensions, and addresses the problem of differentiation through a theory of democratic autonomy and dominance.  A politically differentiated EU could deprive people of their right to co-determine common affairs and have adverse effects for democratic self-rule. It could also take away the people’s ability to influence political decisions that they are ultimately affected by. This book argues that differentiation is not an innocent instrument for handling conflicts in interconnected contexts. The consequences of what might be a benign plea for sovereignty and independence can in fact lead to the opposite.
  • Eriksen, E. O. and Fossum, J. E. (eds) (2015). The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony? Abingdon: Routledge.
  • The EU is a supranational organization, whose reach and influence extends well beyond its member states, especially to the many states that have signed various forms of association agreement with it. This book asks whether qualifying states who have eschewed EU membership experience negative effects on their legal and political self-governing abilities, or whether they manage their independence with few such effects. It explores the idea that the closer the affiliation a non-member state has with the EU, the more susceptible to hegemony the relationship appears to be. In addition, the book provides an overview of the total range of agreements the EU has with non-member states.

  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2014). The Normativity of the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan. (German translation (2014): Die Normativität der Europäischen Union. Verlag Karl Alber.)
  • The book offers a novel account of what has made European integration possible based on a pragmatist approach. The force of reasons in legally organized orders constitutes the core component of this approach. Eriksen identifies the main reasons for European integration as imperatives – as normative musts. The book explains why further integration has become a moral duty and why there is an expectation that the EU should be democratic. A novel model of the EU as a nonstate government premised on a set of democratic innovations is suggested. This model, which has a cosmopolitan underpinning, is in line with changes in international relations brought about by the integration process; the conditioning of sovereignty upon the respect of democracy and human rights.

  • Eriksen, E.O. and Fossum, J. E. (2012) Rethinking Democracy and the European Union, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • This book draws upon leading scholars and practitioners from the RECON project (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe) to frame and analyse a range of institutional realms and policy fields, including constitutionalisation, representative developments, gender politics, civil society and public sphere, identity, and security and globalisation. Drawing together these strands, the book questions whether EU politics require a new theory of democracy, and evaluates the relationship between union and state, and the possible future of post-national democracy. Lucid and accessible, this book is at the forefront of the intellectual debate over the character of the EU, presenting research, theory and analysis on a critical political issue of our time.

  • Eriksen, E.O. (2009)The Unfinished Democratization of Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • This book deals with the puzzle that democracy, which hitherto has only existed on the nation state level, is now expected of the European Union. What does this mean in theoretical terms, can it at all be realized, and if so; how far has reform process of the Union brought it along this developmental path? The book contributes to democratic theory under conditions of globalization and complex interdependence as well as to the understanding of the EU from a democratic point of view. The key argument of the book is that the political system of domination already in place at the European level requires legitimation – directly from the European citizens – and not only indirect from the Member States. This can only be achieved by making the EU into a democratic polity.

  • Eriksen, E. O., Joerges, C. and Rödl, F. (eds) (2008) Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union - The unsettled political order of Europe, London: Routledge
  • The book deals with four themes which make up the current 'constitutional crisis' of the EU, and which together constitute the unfinished agenda of the European integration process: 1. The problem of the rule of law in a context of governance beyond the nation state, 2. the problem of the social deficit of the Union, 3. the problem of identity and collective memories and 4. the problem of institutionalizing post-national democracy.

  • Eriksen, E. O. (2005) Making the European Polity – Reflexive integration in Europe, London: Routledge 2005.
  • The EU has developed beyond a mere market and is more than an international organization. But is it becoming a state or something less or different? Making the European Polity sets out a reflexive approach to integration and asks whether the EU develops into a regulatory entity, a value-based polity or a rights-based post-national union. On the basis of in-depth analyses the authors find that the Union has moved in the direction of a post-national union.

  • Eriksen, E. O., Fossum, J. E. and Menéndez, A. J.(eds) (2004) Developing a Constitution for Europe, London: Routledge.
  • The European Union is currently in the midst of a comprehensive process of reform and the aim of this book is to adddress the challenge of forging a legitimate Constitution for the EU. The authors aim to clarify the constitutional status of the EU, to take stock of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and Convention on the Future of Europe as vehicles to forster and create a European constitution

  • Eriksen, E. O. and Weigård, J. (2003) Understanding Habermas: Communicative action and deliberative democracy, London: Continuum Press.

    Selected book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • Molander, A., H. Grimen and E. O. Eriksen (2012) 'Professional Discretion and Accountability in the Welfare State', Journal of Applied Philosophy 29(3).
  • Eriksen, E. O. and J. E. Fossum (2012) 'Represenation through Deliberation - the European Case', Constellations 19(2).
  • Eriksen, E. O. and J. E. Fossum (2011) 'Bringing European democracy back in - Or how to read the German Constitutional Court’s Lisbon Treaty ruling', European Law Journal 17(2).
  • Eriksen, E. O. (2010) 'Manipulasjon, forhandling eller argumentasjon?', in R. Slagstad (ed.) Elster og sirenenes sang, Oslo: Pax forlag (with a reply from J. Elster).
  • Eriksen, E. O. (2009) 'The EU: A Cosmopolitan Vanguard?', Global Jurist Advances 9(1).
  • Eriksen, E. O. (2008) 'Norges demokratiske underskudd', Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 25(4).
  • Eriksen, E. O. (2007) ’Deliberation und demokratische Legitimität in der EU - zwischen Konsens und Kompromiss’, in P. Niesen and B. Herborth (eds) Anarchie der kommunikativen Freiheit: Jürgen Habermas und die Theorie der internationale Politik, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.
  • Eriksen, E. O. and Menéndez, A. J. (2006) Arguing Fundamental Rights, Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Eriksen, E. O. ‘The EU - A Cosmopolitan Polity?’, Journal of European Public Policy 13(2).
  • Eriksen, E. O. (2005) ‘An Emerging European Public Sphere’, European Journal of Social Theory 8(4).
  • Eriksen, E. O. and Fossum, J. E. (2004) ‘Europe in Search of Legitimacy: Strategies of Legitimation Assessed’, International Political Science Review 25(4).
  • Eriksen, E. O., Fossum, J. E. and Menéndez, A. J. (eds) (2003) The Chartering of Europe, Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Eriksen, E. O. (2002) ‘Why a Charter of Fundamental Human Rights in the EU?’, Ratio Juris 16(3).
  • Eriksen, E. O. and Fossum, J. E. (2002) ‘Democracy through strong publics in the European Union’, Journal of Common Market Studies 40(3).
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2019). Banishing dominance in Europe: The case for regional cosmopolitanism. European Journal of International Relations.  ISSN 1354-0661. . doi: 10.1177/1354066119882067 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2018). Getting to agreement: mechanisms of deliberative decision-making. International Theory.  ISSN 1752-9719.  10(3), s 374- 408 . doi: 10.1017/S175297191800009X Fulltekst i vitenarkiv. Vis sammendrag
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2018). Political differentiation and the problem of dominance: Segmentation and hegemony. European Journal of Political Research.  ISSN 0304-4130.  57(4), s 989- 1008 . doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12263 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2018). Deliberation Constrained: an Increasingly Segmented European Union, In André Bächtiger; John S. Dryzek; Jane Mansbridge & Mark E. Warren (ed.),  The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780198747369.  54.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2017). Democratic Innovations Beyond the State, In Andreas Grimmel (ed.),  The Crisis of the European Union Challenges, Analyses, Solutions.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138215641.  Chapter 14.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2017). Structural Injustice: The Eurozone Crisis and the Duty of Solidarity, In Andreas Grimmel & Susanne My Giang (ed.),  Solidarity in the European Union. A Fundamental Value in Crisis.  Springer.  ISBN 9783319570358.  8.  s 97 - 118
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2016). On the pouvoir constituent of the European Union, In Gaspare M. Genna; Ian W. Wilson & Thomas O. Haakenson (ed.),  Jürgen Habermas and the European Economic Crisis Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138185838.  10.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2016). Three Conceptions of Global Political Justice. GLOBUS Research Papers.  ISSN 2535-2504.  2016(1) Fulltekst i vitenarkiv. Vis sammendrag
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2015). Despoiling Norwegian democracy, In Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (ed.),  The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony?.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138922457.  Chapter 5.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2015). Europeisk demokrati - er det mulig?, I: Raino Sverre Malnes & Dag Einar Thorsen (red.),  Demokrati - historien og ideene.  Dreyer Forlag A/S.  ISBN 9788282651219.  Kapittel.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2015). The Eurozone Crisis in Light of the EU's Normativity, In Serge Champeau; Carlos Closa; Daniel Innerarity & Miguel Poaires Maduro (ed.),  The Future of Europe: Democracy, Legitimacy and Justice after the Euro Crisis.  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.  ISBN 9781783481132.  Kapittel 14.  s 247 - 262
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2015). Introduction: Asymmetry and the problem of dominance, In Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (ed.),  The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony?.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138922457.  Chapter 1.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (2015). The European Union's Non-Members: Independence under Hegemony?, In Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (ed.),  The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony?.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138922457.  Chapter 13.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2014). Folkestyrets vanmakt eller en selvbeskadiget demokratisk prosedyre?, I: Erik Oddvar Eriksen & John Erik Fossum (red.),  Det norske paradoks: Om Norges forhold til Den europeiske union.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02100-3.  Kapittel 2.  s 23 - 41
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2014). Gründe als Explanans: Ûber Deliberation und das Problem der Unbestimmtheit, I: Claudia Landwehr & Rainer Schmalz-Bruns (red.),  Deliberative Demokratie in der Diskussion.  Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.  ISBN 9783848715435.  Kapittel 4.  s 103 - 140
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2014). Kommunikativ ledelse - fra mistillid til tillid, I: Mette Elting & Sverri Hammer (red.),  Ledelse og organisation: Forandringer og udfordringer.  Samfundslitteratur.  ISBN 9788759316580.  Kapittel 9.  s 249 - 276
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2014). Reflexive Constitutionalism in Crisis, In Daniel Gaus; Oliver Flügel-Martinsen; Tanja Hitzel-Cassagnes & Franziska Martinsen (ed.),  Deliberative Kritik-Kritik der Deliberation: Festschrift für Rainer Schmalz-Bruns.  Springer.  ISBN 3658028599.  Kapittel 10.  s 201 - 222
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2014). Regional Cosmopolitanism: The EU in Search of its Legitimation. European Journal of Futures Research.  ISSN 2195-4194.  2(1) . doi: 10.1007/s40309-014-0051-8 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.

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  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2019). Contesting Political Differentiation: European Division and the Problem of Dominance.. Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-030-11698-9.  271 s.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2015). Hva er EU godt for?. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 9788202494506.  221 s.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar & Fossum, John Erik (ed.) (2015). The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony?. Routledge.  ISBN 9781138922457.  389 s.
  • Eriksen, Erik Oddvar (2014). Die Normativität der Europäischen Union. Verlag Karl Alber.  ISBN 978-3-495-48646-7.  180 s.

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