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The Normalization of the European CommissionPolitics and Bureaucracy in the EU Executive$
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Anchrit Wille

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665693.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Normalization of the European Commission

Anchrit Wille

Oxford University Press

Over recent years, the Commission has undergone its most significant internal changes since its inception. The principal argument presented in this study is that political and administrative reforms have ‘normalized’ the European Commission and that this has had a profound impact on roles and working relationships of those operating at its helm: commissioners, heads of cabinets, and senior civil servants. The study will focus on the shifts in four basic features of political–administrative relationships: the rules regulating political and administrative responsibilities; the recruitment patterns into political and administrative positions; the key roles of two types of top executive officials; and finally their interrelationships.

Keywords:   politics, bureaucracy, executive, political–administrative relationships, responsibilities, recruitment patterns, role expectations, institutional change

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