An Emergent European Executive Order

Hardcover | March 5, 2010

byJarle Trondal

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This book poses two pertinent questions: First, if a European executive order is emerging, how can we empirically see it? Second, if a European executive order is emerging, how can we explain everyday decision-making processes within it? The goal of this book is two-fold: First, it identifieskey institutional components of an emergent European executive order. The nucleus of this order is the European Commission. The Commission, however, is increasingly supplemented by a mushrooming parallel administration of EU-level agencies and EU committees. This book provides fresh empirical surveyand interview data on the everyday decision-making behaviour, role perceptions, and identities among European civil servants who participate within these institutions.Secondly, this book claims and empirically substantiates that an emergent European executive order is a compound executive order balancing a limited set of key decision-making dynamics. One message of this book is that an emergent European executive order consists of a compound set of supranational,departmental, epistemic, and intergovernmental decision-making dynamics. Arguably, a compound European executive order transforms the inherent Westphalian order to the extent that intergovernmentalism is transcended and supplemented by a multidimensional mix of supranational, departmental and/orepistemic dynamics. This book also theoretically explores conditions under which these decision-making dynamics gain prevalence. It is argued that the decision-making dynamics emerging within an emergent European executive order are conditioned by the formal organisation of its composite parts andby the patterns of social interaction that emerge among its civil servants. Political processes and political systems can neither be adequately understood nor explained without including the organisational dimension of executive orders.

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This book poses two pertinent questions: First, if a European executive order is emerging, how can we empirically see it? Second, if a European executive order is emerging, how can we explain everyday decision-making processes within it? The goal of this book is two-fold: First, it identifieskey institutional components of an emergent ...

Professor Jarle Trondal is Professor in public administration at University of Agder, department of political science and management (Norway), and also Professor at ARENA - Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (Norway). He holds a PhD in political science from University of Oslo, department of political science (2001). He h...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:March 5, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199579423

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List of FiguresList of Tables1. Introducing an Emergent European Executive OrderPart I: The Commission and an Emergent European Executive Order2. The European Commission: Organisational Capacities and Staff Resources3. The Autonomy of the European Commission Reassessed4. Supranationalism and the European Commission5. The Compound Machinery of the Commission6. Is the Commission all that Different? Reflections on Comparative International BureaucraciesPart II: EU-level Agencies in an Emergent European Executive Order7. Agency Governance in an Emergent European Executive Order8. Bureaucratic Autonomy and EU-level AgenciesPart III: EU Committee Governance in an Emergent European Executive Order9. EU Committee Governance10. How Supranational are Intergovernmental Institutions? The Transformative Power of Council Working Groups11. Ambiguity and representation in an emergent European Executive Order12. An emergent European Executive Order and the domestic branch of government13. An emergent European Executive Order: less than a European 'mega-administration'ReferencesIndex