Politics and the European Commission: Actors, Interdependence, Legitimacy / Edition 1

Politics and the European Commission: Actors, Interdependence, Legitimacy / Edition 1

by Andy Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415324076

ISBN-13: 9780415324076

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The European Commission is an organization which has come to fascinate or repulse a range of national politicians, journalists and social scientists. In contrast to the prevailing image of the Commission as a 'bureaucrat's paradise', however, and by using the results of original research, this book deliberately sets out to investigate this organization's

Overview

The European Commission is an organization which has come to fascinate or repulse a range of national politicians, journalists and social scientists. In contrast to the prevailing image of the Commission as a 'bureaucrat's paradise', however, and by using the results of original research, this book deliberately sets out to investigate this organization's relationship to politics. It does so first by developing a variety of case-studies (health, development aid, preparations for Eastern enlargement, etc.) as a means of studying the relationships, networks and interdependencies which link commissioners and Commission officials to national politicians, civil servants and interest groups. Second, by looking in detail at how the Commission publicizes its work, notably through producing public information and liaising with the media, fresh light is shone upon the complex question of the Commission's legitimacy. Politics and the European Commission provides a framework for generating new information about, and interpretations of, the power struggles at the heart of the EU.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415324076
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributorsxi
Series editor's prefacexiii
List of abbreviationsxvi
Introduction1
Part IActors, institutions and interdependence15
1Doing politics and pretending not to: the Commission's role in distributing aid to Eastern Europe17
2The politics of collegiality: the non-portfolio dimension30
3The Secretariat General of the European Commission, 1958-2003: a singular institution47
4Political dynamics of the parallel administration of the European Commission67
5The invention of a Directorate General for development (1958-1975)83
6Institutionalizing public health in the European Commission: the thrills and spills of politicization96
Part IIThe media, the Commission and its legitimacy117
7Was it really just poor communication? A socio-political reading of the Santer Commission's resignation119
8The politics of the Commission as an information source134
9Advertising Europe: the production of public information by the Commission156
10Publicizing the euro: a case of interest maximization and internal fragmentation of the Commission170
11Where is he now? The Delors legacy186
Conclusion: politics in the European Union201
Bibliography207
Subject index226
Author index228

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