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The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century$
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Hussein Kassim, John Peterson, Michael W. Bauer, Sara Connolly, Renaud Dehousse, Liesbet Hooghe, and Andrew Thompson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599523

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599523.001.0001

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The Commission and Administrative Reform

The Commission and Administrative Reform

(p.210) Chapter 8 The Commission and Administrative Reform
The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century

Hussein Kassim

Oxford University Press

Following the resignation of the Santer Commission, the Prodi College enacted a comprehensive administrative reform programme between 2000 and 2005. Although earlier studies have examined the origins, design and implementation of the reform, neither the attitudes of officials nor the impact on the organization have been extensively investigated. This chapter explores attitudes to this attempt to modernize the organization and to bring it more closely in line with other administrations. It finds that officials are divided on the merits of most of the measures introduced, and that a plurality of officials are negatively disposed. Analysis shows that level of seniority and, to a lesser extent, nationality are significant predictors of attitudes within the organization. Despite the mixed reception for the reform, the experience of has removed an important taboo, with the result that administrative change is now a permanent feature of the working life of the Commission.

Keywords:   administrative reform, administrative change, modernization

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