Governing European Affairs. Lessons from Norwegian Ministries

Jarle Trondal and Nadja Kühn are published in World Political Science with an English translation of their award winning article on the governance of European affairs in Norway. 

The journal World Political Science publishes translations of prize-winning articles nominated by prominent national political science associations and journals around the world. This article is a translated version of an award winning article in the Norwegian Journal of Political Science (Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift). 


The aim of this article is to examine the role of ministerial officials in an integrated European multilevel administrative order. This study argues that organizational variables at the national level constitute a decisive filtering factor regarding how decision premises emanating from European Union (EU)-level institutions are received by domestic government institutions and officials. The study contributes to the literature in two main ways: Empirically it provides a comprehensive study of the role of Norwegian ministerial officials in the EU multilevel administrative order over a time period of 20 years (n = 3562). Secondly, it applies an organization theory approach to explain variation in actual decision-making behavior. The article discusses factors of general relevance to political science applicable beyond the case at hand. The study shows that ministerial officials are deeply involved with the EU multilevel administration. Moreover, it confirms the pivotal role of organizational factors in public governance processes.

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Governing European Affairs. Lessons from Norwegian Ministries
Jarle Trondal and Nadja Kühn

World Political Science


Tags: European integration, European Union, public administration, EU decison making, Norwegian ministries
Published May 15, 2019 3:23 PM - Last modified Feb. 4, 2022 2:44 PM