RECON Kick-off Conference

Oslo, 26-27 January 2007


ARENA hosted the first RECON conference in Oslo on 26-27 January 2007. This was the first time that all researchers in the consortium met as a whole. The two-day conference addressed the main problems regarding supranational governance and democracy in Europe and presented the main themes of the project.


NEW: Report from the kick-off conference (published September 2007)


Conference summary (D01) (pdf)


State Secretary
Liv Monica Stubholt

The first day of the conference was an open event that attracted some 160 researchers from Norwegian and European institutions, coordinators of other projects within the Sixth Framework Programme, as well as policy makers, practitioners, and representatives of civil society. Norwegian State Secretary Liv Monica Stubholt from the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) held the opening speech on   Democracy in the Age of Globalisation. This was followed by an introductory speech by RECON’s scientific coordinator Erik O. Eriksen

Keynote speeches were held by John Dryzek, one of the leading political scientists on democracy beyond the nation state, and James Bohman, prominent theorist in the field of normative political theory and cosmopolitanism. Hauke Brunkhorst and Rainer Forst commented on their speeches. After lunch, John Erik Fossum, RECON substitute coordinator chaired the sessions where the RECON work package leaders presented the project’s research fields. The sessions included comments by Tanja Hitzel-Cassagnes and Philippe C. Schmitter, and were followed by a final discussion.

Angela Liberatore from the European Commission gave a presentation at the opening of Day II on RECON in a Framework Programme perspective.

Programme Day I  

Programme Day II



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The conference was organised by ARENA – Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo.


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