The Rise Of European Administrative Space: Lessons Learned

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Series Details Vol.20, No.2, February 2013, p295-307
Publication Date February 2013
ISSN 1350-1763
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Despite advances in contemporary research on the ‘European administrative space’ (EAS), no widespread understanding about its meaning, mechanisms and significance yet exists. This contribution offers a comprehensive conceptualization of EAS and takes stock of accumulated lessons learned. The development of EAS can be understood as a process of institutionalization of common administrative capacity at a ‘European level’. The contribution suggests that the rise of EAS can be analytically grasped in terms of three analytical dimensions: independence; integration; and co-optation. Taken together, these dimensions seem to capture central aspects of the integration of public administration in Europe.

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