European Union Politics, 6th edition: The European Commission

Oxford University Press has published a 6th edition of the book European Union Politics, with a revised version of Morten Egeberg's chapter about the European Commission

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About the chapter

Moren Egeberg's chapter provides a general introduction to the European Commission, the main executive body of the European Union (EU). It argues that it is more productive to compare the Commission to national executives or to a government than to a secretariat of a traditional international organization. it begins with a summary of the Commission's functions withing the EU's policy process. It then considers the question of Commission influence and autonomy, before moving on to look at the structure, demography, and decision behaviour withing the organization - that is, at the role of the president of the Commission and Commissioners, at the Commissioners' personal staffs, and at the Commission administration. it then examines the committees and administrative networks that link the Commission to national administrations and interest groups, and also deals with the recent growth of EU agencies. The chapter concludes by emphasizing that the Commission is much more of a European(ized) and supranational institution than it was at its inception. 

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Ch. 10: The European commission 
Morten Egeberg

In: European Union Politics
Michelle Cini and Nieves Péres-Solórzano Borragán (eds)

Oxford University Press, 2019


Published May 23, 2019 2:39 PM - Last modified Mar. 30, 2022 1:05 PM