The Normalization of the European Commission: Politics and Bureaucracy in the EU Executive

Hardcover | July 15, 2013

byAnchrit Wille

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The European Commission started out in the 1950s as a technocratic international organization. Today, it has acquired many of the organizational features and behavioural patterns that are highly typical of the "normal" executives in national settings. This "normalization" of the EU executiveis due to a series of treaty reforms and internal administrative transformations that were effectuated after the demise of the Santer Commission. Based on a large number of in-depth interviews with commissioners, heads of cabinet, and senior civil servants in the Commission, and on extensive documentary evidence, this study shows how a reinforced regime of political and administrative accountability has profoundly changed the executiverelationships between politicians and bureaucrats in the Commission. The book presents a grounded empirical portrait of life at the top in the EU, exposing the Commission's struggle to revive its legitimacy and to turn it into a more transparent, accountable, and efficient organization during the Prodi and Barroso's tenures. Officials and office-holders describe intheir own words the imperatives they face and the relationships they maintain, providing readers a rare insight into the day-to-day practices in one of the world's most powerful executives.

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The European Commission started out in the 1950s as a technocratic international organization. Today, it has acquired many of the organizational features and behavioural patterns that are highly typical of the "normal" executives in national settings. This "normalization" of the EU executiveis due to a series of treaty reforms and inte...

Anchrit Wille is senior researcher and lecturer at Leiden University's Institute of Public Administration, where she teaches classes in political science, public administration, policy evaluation, research methods, and research design. She holds an MA in Political Science and a PhD in Social Science from the University of Amsterdam. He...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199665699

ISBN - 13:9780199665693

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Preface: Politics and Bureaucracy in an Evolving Executive1. Normalized Executive Politics2. The Reinvention of the European Commission3. From Technocrats to Politicians: the Commissioners4. From National Agents to EU Advisers: the Chefs of Cabinet5. From Mandarins to Managers: the Senior Civil Service6. An Emerging Politics-Bureaucratic Dichotomy7. Executive Relationships in a 'Normalized' EU Commission8. The Normalization of the EU CommissionEpilogue: Quo Vadis?