Global Transnationalisation and Democratisation Compared

Work package 9


WP coordinators

John Erik Fossum, ARENA, University of Oslo


Christian Joerges, ZERP, University of Bremen


WP 9 examines the conditions and prospects of democratization in European transnational legal and political arrangements – and in postnational constellations more generally – with reference to two interconnected frameworks of analysis. Each framework provides the basis for a distinct sub-project.

A first ‘top-down’ framework and sub-project examines the impact of globalisation processes, in particular the liberal trading regime of the WTO, on nation state democracies and on the democratisation of the European Union.

A second ‘bottom-up’ framework and sub-project instead pursues the issue of regional democratization from a state-centred perspective. It focuses on Canada as a model of ‘state-based cosmopolitanism.’ This provides a comparative perspective from which to examine the democratic potential of the EU as a polity which, similar to Canada, possesses both high levels of regulatory centralization and institutional co-ordination and a resilient cultural pluralism.

More details on the research objectives of WP 9.


Publications and findings from WP 9

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 9 is available for each year of the project.

This research group organises a number of workshops and conferences. Complete list of WP 9 events.

RECON participants WP 9

ARENA, University of Oslo
John Erik Fossum (coordinator)

European University Institute, Florence
Poul F. Kjaer, Claire O’Brien, Neil Walker, Maria Weimer
Jürgen Neyer, Ulrike Ehling (European University Viadrina)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Ben Crum, Eric Miklin

Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP), University of Bremen
Christian Joerges (coordinator), Olga Batura, Kolja Möller, Tommi Ralli, Florian Rödl

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
Rainer Nickel