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Bureaucratic autonomy and the European Commission : Europe's custodians /

by Ellinas, Antonis A; Suleiman, Ezra N.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012Description: xiii, 237 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781107023215 (hardback).Subject(s): European Commission | European Union | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General | Bureaucracy -- European Union countries
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. The autonomy of national and transnational bureaucracies; 3. Surveying top European bureaucrats; 4. Autonomy at the top of the European bureaucracy; 5. Political attempts to alter bureaucratic behavior; 6. Cultural impediments to political control; 7. Custodians of 'Europe'; 8. Bureaucratic attitudes and policy outputs; 9. Conclusion.
Summary: "This book examines the struggle of the European Union bureaucracy to maintain its autonomy in an increasingly complex institutional setting and adverse political environment. Using an original survey of nearly two hundred top European Commission officials, it shows that the European Union is a coherent organization that shares a common culture of supranationalism. The European Union's multicephalous structure of political authority limits the capacity of European politicians to curb the autonomy of the Commission but tends to undermine the legitimacy of the organization, which finds itself under persistent political attacks. These attacks inadvertently help the organization bolster its defenses against the external threats and trigger internal legitimation processes that reinforce the devotion of its employees to its institutional mission. The rich survey data show how Commission bureaucrats establish themselves as the "custodians of Europe." The book helps disentangle the complexity of the Commission and makes a contribution to the study of international bureaucracies, a topic that has received little attention"-- Provided by publisher.
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JN 33.5 .E49 2012 (Browse shelf) Checked out 04/04/2018

Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-232) and index.

Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. The autonomy of national and transnational bureaucracies; 3. Surveying top European bureaucrats; 4. Autonomy at the top of the European bureaucracy; 5. Political attempts to alter bureaucratic behavior; 6. Cultural impediments to political control; 7. Custodians of 'Europe'; 8. Bureaucratic attitudes and policy outputs; 9. Conclusion.

"This book examines the struggle of the European Union bureaucracy to maintain its autonomy in an increasingly complex institutional setting and adverse political environment. Using an original survey of nearly two hundred top European Commission officials, it shows that the European Union is a coherent organization that shares a common culture of supranationalism. The European Union's multicephalous structure of political authority limits the capacity of European politicians to curb the autonomy of the Commission but tends to undermine the legitimacy of the organization, which finds itself under persistent political attacks. These attacks inadvertently help the organization bolster its defenses against the external threats and trigger internal legitimation processes that reinforce the devotion of its employees to its institutional mission. The rich survey data show how Commission bureaucrats establish themselves as the "custodians of Europe." The book helps disentangle the complexity of the Commission and makes a contribution to the study of international bureaucracies, a topic that has received little attention"-- Provided by publisher.

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