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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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An Emerging Political–Administrative Dichotomy

An Emerging Political–Administrative Dichotomy

(p.146) 6 An Emerging Political–Administrative Dichotomy
The Normalization of the European Commission

Anchrit Wille

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains how reforms have contributed to a redefined partnership between commissioners, heads of cabinets, and the top civil servants at the helm of the EU Commission. The desire to improve the accountability of the EU Commission has resulted in a clearer demarcation of the political and the administrative parts in the Commission. A greater role clarity and differentiation between the political and bureaucratic level resulted in EU commissioners, heads of cabinets, and senior officials having different perspectives on their leadership. In recent years, the political side of the Commission has become a considerably different world from that of senior officials in the DGs.

Keywords:   responsibility and accountability, recruitment and appointment, political and policy roles, demarcation, political–administrative dichotomy

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