Which Policy for Europe?: Power and Conflict inside the European Commission

Hardcover | October 3, 2014

byMiriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz, Christian Rauh

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The European Commission is at the centre of the EU political system. Within its five-year terms each Commission proposes up to 2000 binding legal acts and therefore crucially shapes the form and substance of EU policy, which in turn impacts on the daily lives of more than 500 million Europeancitizens. However, despite the EU Commission's key role in setting the agenda for European decision making, little is known about its internal dynamics when preparing legislation. This book provides a problem-driven, theoretically-founded, and empirically-rich treatment of the so far still understudied process of position-formation inside the EU Commission. It reveals that various internal political positions prevail and that the role of power and conflict inside the EuropeanCommission is essential to understanding its policy proposals. Opening the "black box" of the Commission, the book identifies three ideal-types of internal position-formation. The Commission is depicted as motivated by technocratic problem-solving, by competence-seeking utility maximization orideologically-motivated policy-seeking. Specifying conditions that favour one logic over the others, the typology furthers understanding of how the EU system functions and provides novel explanations of EU policies with substantial societal implications.

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The European Commission is at the centre of the EU political system. Within its five-year terms each Commission proposes up to 2000 binding legal acts and therefore crucially shapes the form and substance of EU policy, which in turn impacts on the daily lives of more than 500 million Europeancitizens. However, despite the EU Commission...

Prof. Dr. Miriam Hartlapp is Professor for Governance and Organizational Studies at the University of Bremen. She was doctoral and postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, worked at the ILO, Geneva, and led a Young Independent Research Group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Position Formation inside the EU Commission: An Analytical Framework3. Studying Internal Dynamics4. Connecting Personal Characteristics and Organizational Structure: Commissioners, Directors-General and Services5. The Intersection of Social and Common-market Policies6. Research and Innovation Policy7. Consumer Policy8. Expert Groups in the Commission: Knowledge providers or political device/9. Insulated, Technocratic Decision-Making? Commission Position Formation and the Public Acceptability of Policy Options10. Structural Biases? The Link Between Internal Coordination and the Dynamics of Position Formation11. Many Factors in Position Formation, but Some Matter More Often Than Others: Evidence Across Cases12. Shaping Policies for Europe: Internal Position Formation Between Problem-Solving, Turf Expansion and Political Ideology13. Conclusion: Why We Should Care About Power and Conflict Inside the European Commission