Background and activities

Adviser - Department of Historical Studies 


Student inquieries are referred to studieveiledning-ihs@hf.ntnu.no 

Arbeidsområder ved Institutt for historiske studier:

  • Administrative coordinator for the study programme History with Teacher Education
  • Administrative coordinator for the Department's study programmes - processes and portfolio
  • Administrative coordinator for internationalization
  • Management support
  • BDM, economic management, payment authorizer
 
Research:

PhD thesis: Bridging the Divide: The Role of the Commission in European Political Cooperation, 1969-1976 – Department of Historical Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Supervisors: Lise RYE, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Hans Otto FRØLAND, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Committee: Piers LUDLOW, LSE; Gabriele CLEMENS, Hamburg University

Date of the defence: 13.04.2016

Field: History, European Studies

 

 

In Bridging the Divide: The Role of the Commission in European Political Cooperation, 1969-1976   I investigate the European Commission’s approach to European Political Cooperation (EPC) from 1969 to 1976. Based on material from EU and state archives, the analysis demonstrates the resilience of supranational institutions in a period often claimed to be marked by the supremacy of intergovernmentalism following the 1965-66 empty chair crisis. By so doing, it sheds new light on the history of EPC and the history of European integration. The thesis also contributes to a wider theoretical debate on the role of supranational institutions in the integration project between neo-functionalists on the one hand and intergovernmentalists on the other.

In the period in question, the supranational features of the European Community (EC) were challenged. At the summit in The Hague in 1969, the Member States of the EC initiated an intergovernmental structure, an initiative that became the EPC structure from 1970. This structure, separate from the EC, was established in order to further cooperation between the Member States in the areas of foreign policy, and designed to prevent Commission involvement.

Based on in-depth studies of two cases, the Conference of Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Euro-Arab Dialogue, the thesis establishes that the Commission nevertheless managed to acquire a role in the EPC. In so doing, the thesis challenges previous findings on the strict separation of the EC and EPC in this period. The thesis argues that the European Commission was far from being a weak and inconsequential supranational institution, wing-clipped due to the first generation Commission’s prior "violation" of the Member States’ sense of national sovereignty. Rather, a rational actor emerged, characterized by a pragmatic approach that to a certain extent gave the results it sought after, an actor that can be labelled a distinct second generation Commission.

 
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Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

2017

  • Alterhaug, Ane Maritdatter. (2017) The European Commission and European Political Cooperation in the Early 1970s - Actor Adjusted. The Quest for Europeanization.

2016

  • Rye, Lise; Alterhaug, Ane Maritdatter. (2016) Bridging the divide. The role of the Commission in European Political Cooperation, 1969-1976. 2016.

2008

  • Alterhaug, Ane; Steinnes, Kristian. (2008) The international role of the European Union: Kosovo as catalyst for developments in foreign, security and defence policies. 2008.
  • Rye, Lise; Alterhaug, Ane Maritdatter. (2008) The international role of the European Union: Kosovo as catalyst for developments in foreign, security and defence policies. 2008.