The institutionalisation of EU Agencies: Agencies as ‘mini- Commissions’

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Series Details Vol.89, No.2, June 2011, p418-432
Publication Date June 2011
ISSN 0033-3298
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A stream of reviews that take stock of EU governance trends shows that the EU's governance agenda produces mixed results. EU agencies are part of the EU's search for new governance mechanisms. They have not proven to be a break with EU policy-making processes – underpinning administrative stability rather than reform.

This article explores the institutionalisation of EU agencies. Using the case of the EU's human resources (HR) policy, it concludes that administrative details are important in order to understand the development of EU agencies turning into institutions. The influence of the EU's institutional environment on their operations is so strong that they must operate as ‘mini Commissions'. This tight control hinders their institutionalisation.

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