The European Union and the Bureaucratic Mode of Production

Edward C. Page

in From the Nation State to Europe

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244034
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599897 | DOI:
 The European Union and the Bureaucratic Mode of Production

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How does the EU bureaucracy differ in nature from the bureaucracies of its member states? The purpose of this chapter is to put forward an argument that the differences between member‐state bureaucracies and the EU bureaucracy lie in the mode of production of administrative outputs. The first part sets out the nature of this mode of production, contrasting the co‐ordinate mode of production in the EU with the primarily hierarchical mode of production of most member states. The second part looks at the consequences of the co‐ordinate mode of production: a level and efficacy of regulation that would be inconceivable under a hierarchical mode of production. The concluding part examines the limits of a co‐ordinate mode of production: the legitimacy of the EU is especially closely linked to the ability of its bureaucracy to manage its programmes, and the co‐ordinate mode of production is particularly weak in this respect.

Keywords: bureaucracy; EU

Chapter.  8015 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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