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

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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.

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Meet the Author

Andy Smith is Senior Research Fellow in Political Science at the CERVL, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux. He has been working on three themes related to European integration: public policy-making; the college of the European Commission; and the effect of Europe on the daily life of the general public.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Doing politics and pretending not to : the commission's role in distributing aid to Eastern Europe 17
2 The politics of collegiality : the non-portfolio dimension 30
3 The Secretariat General of the European Commission, 1958-2003 : a singular institution 47
4 Political dynamics of the parallel administration of the European commission 67
5 The invention of a Directorate General for development (1958-1975) 83
6 Institutionalizing public health in the European commission : the thrills and spills of politicization 96
7 Was it really just poor communications? : a socio-political reading of the Santer Commission's resignation 119
8 The politics of the Commission as an information source 134
9 Advertising Europe : the production of public information by the Commission 156
10 Publicizing the euro : a case of interest maximization and internal fragmentation of the Commission 170
11 Where is he now? : the Delors legacy 186
Conclusion : politics in the European Union 201
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