European Commission

Susanne K. Schmidt and Arndt Wonka

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546282
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

European Commission


The European Commission is one of the most prominent and perhaps also one of the most controversial institutions of the EU, regularly being the subject of heated academic and political debate. This article first introduces the Commission's organizational make-up. It then discusses how this institution changed over time, followed by an analysis in the third section of the Commission's position in the EU's institutional system and its contribution to EU political dynamics.

Keywords: EU; organizational make-up; institutional system; political dynamics

Article.  6568 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union

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