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New book: Norway’s EU Experience and Lessons for the UK: On Autonomy and Wriggle Room

Arild Aurvåg Farsund is co-author of this book, which was written together with John Erik Fossum, Christopher Lord, Fay Madeleine Farstad, Merethe Dotterud Leiren, Espen D.H. Olsen, Marianne Riddervold, Johanne Døhlie Saltnes, Øyvind Svendsen and Jarle Trondal.

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Arild Aurvåg Farsund

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The book analyzes Norway's diverse forms of association with the EU and makes a systematic assessment of the potential suitability of these arrangements for Britain's relationship with the EU after Brexit. The authors ask how much autonomy and room for action the tightly integrated non-members may have given that they have entered into binding agreements with the EU. The book presents in-depth assessments of Norway's close links through the EEA framework, and gives an insight into what the Norwegian lessons can tell us about the political order in Europe post-Brexit. The book's analytical framework addresses autonomy in connection with complex interdependence, a perspective the authors believe has relevance far beyond the Norwegian case. This also applies to the UK, especially since the agreement with the EU - known as the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TAC) - has built in considerable uncertainty about the future relationship between the parties.