Work package 1
The nation state has been the institutional mainstay of modern democracy. Today, this particular political form is challenged and may be transcended by something new. Can the state form as such be rescued in Europe, and if so, at what level? Are alternative forms more viable? WP 1 sets out RECON’s theoretical framework and develops indicators to test three different models for reconstituting democracy in Europe:
- Can democracy in Europe be reconstituted at the national level, with a concomitant reframing of the EU as a functional regulatory regime?
- Can democracy be reconstituted through establishing the EU as a federal state based on a collective identity?
- Can democracy in Europe be reconstituted through developing a post-national Union with an explicit cosmopolitan imprint?
WP 1 leads the work of operationalising each of the three models, establishing indicators and linking them to the particular analytical challenges raised in the policy fields and issue areas addressed by RECON. The WP ensures overall coherence and integration of the project and develops an overarching theoretical approach to the study of European democracy.
Publications and findings from WP 1
Research from the project is published in academic journals and books, as well as in RECON's publication series (reports and online working papers). A complete list of publications and presentations from WP 1 is available for each year of the project.
This research group organises a number of workshops and conferences, as well as panels at international conferences. Complete list of WP 1 events.
WP 1 cooperates with the Cluster of Excellence 'The Formation of Normative Orders' at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.
RECON participants WP 1 (core group)
ARENA, University of Oslo
Erik O. Eriksen (coordinator), John Erik Fossum, Daniel Gaus, Cathrine Holst, Espen D. H. Olsen
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt
Rainer Forst, Heike List
Rainer Schmalz-Bruns (University of Hannover)
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
Erik O. Eriksen (WP 1), ARENA, University of Oslo
Ben Crum (WP 2), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
John Erik Fossum (WP 2 and WP 9), ARENA, University of Oslo
Chris Lord (WP 3), ARENA, University of Oslo
Yvonne Galligan (WP 4), Queen’s University Belfast
Ulrike Liebert (WP 5), University of Bremen
Hans-Jörg Trenz (WP 5), ARENA, University of Oslo
Helene Sjursen (WP 6), ARENA, University of Oslo
Wolfgang Wagner (WP 6), Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Agustín José Menéndez (WP 7), University of León
Zdzislaw Mach (WP 8), Jagiellonian University, Krakow
Christian Joerges (WP 9), University of Bremen
Project management structure