From integration to integrity: Administrative ethics and reform in the European Commission

From integration to integrity: Administrative ethics and reform in the European Commission

by Michelle Cini


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This book is the first to examine how the European Commission has addressed concerns about its ethical standards since 1999. This is an important subject, as it deals with many of the concerns that ordinary citizens raise with regard to the European institutions, particularly in the popular press, where references to the European gravy train, to instances of nepotism or patronage, and even corruption and fraud are commonplace. Despite this, there has been no study of the European institutions themselves to question the validity of these claims, or, as in this case, to explore the extent to which the European Commission has been able to respond to and resolve such problems and/or criticism.

The focus of this study is the European Commission's administrative ethics in the context of the events leading up to the resignation of the College of Commissioners in March 1999, and the subsequent administrative reform led by Commissioner Neil Kinnock from 1999-2004. Insights from the field of administrative ethics are applied to the Commission's response to accusations of an ethics problem within its organisational borders, adding a new perspective to existing research on the EU institutions. From integration to integrity will be of great benefit to students and researchers interested in the European institution and in issues of administrative ethics.

About the Author:
Michelle Cini is Reader in European Politics in the Department of Politics, University of Bristol

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719065057
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2008
Series: Europe in Change
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michelle Cini is Reader in European Studies in the Department of Politics, University of Bristol

Table of Contents

List of tables     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
List of abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
Research context and framework     4
The resignation of the European Commission     27
Administrative reform     58
The Eurostat affair     81
Promoting ethics in the College of Commissioners     108
Control, socialisation and ethics reform in the Commission's services     122
Beyond control: reporting, investigating and sanctioning wrongdoing in the European Commission     152
Extending the ethics infrastructure: from European transparency initiative to common ethical space?     180
Conclusion     199
References     217
Index     233

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