The European Commission: Less a Leader and More a Manager?

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What, really, is the role of the European Commission? In this European policy analysis, researchers Mark Rhinard and Neill Nugent analyse the nature of the Commission. They pose the question of whether the Commission is more of a policy leader – charged with initiating policy and legislative proposals that will advance the interests of the EU as a whole – or more of an administrative body, charged with an array of executive tasks.

They conclude that the supposed decline in the Commission’s leadership role has been over-stated and that in certain respects its position has in fact been strengthened.

The publication is in English and is part of SIEPS´ research project The political system of the European Union.

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