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

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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 executive
is 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 executive
relationships 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 in
their 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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ISBN-13: 9780199665693
ISBN-10: 0199665699
Pagini: 256
Ilustrații: 21 Figures, 20 Tables
Dimensiuni: 162 x 236 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


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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. Her research agenda focuses on: executive politics, political-administrative relationships, democratic governance and accountability;and on citizen politics, public opinion, and political representation. She has published in such journals as Public Administration, West European Politics, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Journal of Happiness Studies, European Sociological Review, and ActaPolitica.