This paper discusses the ‘agencification’ and fragmentation of national governments, and questions whether a ‘methodological nationalism’ has hindered us from seeing the emerging executive centre at the level above, i.e. the European Commission, and the re-coupling of nationally decoupled agencies into a multilevel Union administration.
This paper draws out an institutional perspective of political relations along two theoretical assumptions: (i) that identity and logic of appropriateness mitigates rational choice and (ii) that history is path-dependent and subject to fluctuating interests and institutional dynamics rather than being linear and predictable.
ARENA Working Paper 05/1998 (html)
James G. March and Johan P. Olsen