European Integration and the Administrative State

Nadja Kühn and Jarle Trondal present a single case study that shows the profound and rising role of public administration in the multilevel governing system of the European Union (EU) in the Journal of European Public Policy.


The study demonstrates how the EU contributes to a self-reinforcing administrative bias due to domestic-level organizational factors. Strong European integration without membership reinforces a politico-administrative gap and this gap expands over time. The paper applies an extreme case of high integration without formal EU membership represented by Norway. The findings suggest that the EU contributes to reinforce the administrative state through strong unintended assimilation effects. The findings are probed by a novel and comprehensive longitudinal data-set consisting of a large-N single case (N = 3562) questionnaire study among government officials at three points in the Norwegian central administration: 1996, 2006 and 2016. Theoretically, the paper examines the role of organizational factors in administrative integration and how the impact of the EU is mediated by organizational variables at the national level.

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Nadja Kühn and Jarle Trondal
European Integration and the Administrative State a Longitudinal Study on Self-Reinforcing Administrative Bias

Journal of European Public Policy, Online, September 2018
DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2018.1520913

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Tags: Administrative integration, administrative state, central administration, Norway, organizational approach
Published Sep. 17, 2018 10:01 AM - Last modified Nov. 1, 2018 11:26 AM