The Politics of Eurocracy: Building a New European State?

R. Daniel Kelemen

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI:
The Politics of Eurocracy: Building a New European State?

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Independent agencies like those common in the US federal government have proliferated in the EU in recent years. The EU has increasingly adopted a ‘hub and spoke’ model of bureaucracy, with independent agencies appended to the central Brussels administration. Some analyses attribute this format to the pursuit of efficient governance in a thinly-stretched ‘regulatory state’. But actually, institutional legacies and national concerns about political control in the EU have driven it much more than economic or administrative concerns.

Keywords: agencies; bureaucracy; delegation; European Commission; regulatory state; efficiency

Chapter.  6571 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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