John Erik Fossum is Professor of Political Science at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, and Scientific Coordinator of the H2020-funded project EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy (EU3D).
His main fields of research include political theory, democracy, constitutionalism in the EU and Canada, as well as Europeanisation and transformation of the nation state. In the last two decades, Fossum has contributed extensively to the field of developing and applying federal and democratic theory to the EU as a distinct political system, and comparing the EU with Canada. Key contributions are co-edited and co-authored books such as the following with E. O. Eriksen, Democracy in the European Union: Integration through Deliberation? (Routledge, 2000), Rethinking Democracy and the European Union (Routledge, 2012), The European Union’s Non-Members: Independence under Hegemony? (Routledge, 2015), and The Constitution’s Gift with A. J. Menéndez, as well as a broad range of articles and book chapters. The work has informed and inspired a number of large research projects where Fossum has played a leading role, including Integration and Division: Towards a Segmented Europe? (EuroDiv), Reconstituting Democracy in the European Union (RECON), The Norwegian Constitution in a Changing European Context (NORCONE) and Reconsidering Complex Diversity in the EU and Canada (RECODE). He is co-editor of the Routledge series on Democratizing Europe.
The approach of the European Union’s institutions to the Conference on the Future of Europe is muddled, with risks for the outcome.