The European Commission: organizational capacities and staff resources

Jarle Trondal

in An Emergent European Executive Order

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579426
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722714 | DOI:
The European Commission: organizational capacities and staff resources

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Chapter 2 introduces the Commission organization and personnel. The Commission is pictured as a compound system of international bureaucracy, balancing departmental, epistemic, supranational, and intergovernmental dynamics in everyday decision‐making processes. The conditional mobilization of each of these dynamics is arguably conditioned by the Commission's organizational structure. The chapter also describes the Commission as balancing and integrating an autonomous civil service staffed mainly by permanent officials, however, supplemented by temporary short‐term contracted personnel from the member states.

Keywords: Administrators; European Commission; Kinnock; presidentialization; reform; seconded national experts

Chapter.  8859 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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