The Executive Politics of the European Union

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Publication Date 2013
ISBN 978-0-415-15826-8 (Hbk)
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European Governance and the New European Commission provides an in-depth study of the European Commission. Using conceptual and empirical work, the authors explore the links between the Commission and other European institutions, member state governments and national administrations, and the wider issues of European governance. The resulting study provides a comprehensive account of the Commission's evolution and new perspectives on European integration.


1. Introduction: The Executive Politics of the European Union

2. The EU’s Executive in Context: Intra-institutional politics and inter-institutional relations in the EU

3. The European Commission: Politicised Bureaucracy and Multiple Accountability in the EU’s Administration

4. The Council of Ministers, General Secretariat, European External Action Service: the management of the EU’s foreign relations

5. Comitology Committees: The Centralised Implementation of EU Policies

6. European Agencies: Towards the Horizontal Decentralization of EU Policy-making

7. Supranational Institutions in EU Treaty Reform: Beyond ‘Intergovernmental’ Conferences

8.Beyond the Crisis: Future Perspectives for the EU’s ‘Executive Branch’

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