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Compound machinery of the Commission

Jarle Trondal

in An Emergent European Executive Order

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579426
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579426.003.0005
Compound machinery of the Commission

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Chapter 5 benefits from an original and rich body of comparative surveys and interview data derived from current and former Commission seconded national experts (SNEs). This chapter demonstrates that the socializing power of the Commission is conditional and only partly sustained when SNEs exit the Commission. Any long‐lasting effect of socialization within European Union's executive machinery of government is largely absent. This chapter demonstrates that overall system loyalties towards the European Union as a whole seem to be rather sticky but that the socializing power of the Commission is conditional and only partially sustained when SNEs exit the Commission. The ‘temporal identity’ of SNEs as ‘EU civil servants’ is dependent on their primary organizational embedment within the Commission. This chapter thus demonstrates that the Commission's secondment system does not create enduring supranational loyalties towards an emergent European Executive Order.

Keywords: Compound; European Commission; organizational affiliations; organizational composition; seconded national experts; socialization

Chapter.  6340 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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