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Governing Europe$
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Jack Hayward and Anand Menon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250154.001.0001

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The European Administration: Between Europeanization and Domestication

The European Administration: Between Europeanization and Domestication

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(p.139) 9 The European Administration: Between Europeanization and Domestication
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Governing Europe
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Hussein Kassim (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199250154.003.0009

An examination is made of the structure of the administrative system of the European Union (EU). Three general arguments are put forward: that the development of the EU’s administration has been conditioned by the nature of the EU as a political system, but that EU administration has similarly had an impact on the EU as a political system; that the entrenchment of national administrations in the EU bureaucratic system has had important consequences for its functioning and operation; and that national administrations have been affected, but not transformed, by the development of the EU. After outlining the features that characterize the EU’s political system, the chapter examines how national administrations have penetrated EU decision–making structures and institutions, and looks at the impact of this process at the European level. It then considers how national administrations have been affected by the development of the EU (European integration and Europeanization). Finally, the chapter provides an assessment of the EU’s administrative capacity.

Keywords:   administrative capacity, administrative system, bureaucracy, decision making, domestication, European integration, European Union administration, European Union, Europeanization, institutions, national administrations, political system

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