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Administrative reform in the European Commission: From rhetoric to re-legitimisation (1) Institutions & political actors
06/11/2006 15:33:39
1. Analysing the european administration
2. Theoretical approach
3. 1958-2000: administrative reforms and institutional change
3.1. Formal organisational structures
3.2. Processes and procedures
3.3. Culture
4. Conclusions
Administrative reform in the European Commission: From rhetoric to re-legitimisation (2) Institutions & political actors
06/11/2006 16:42:17
1. Introduction
2. Intents and results of reform
2.1. What was the european commission aiming for?
2.2. What was implemented?
3. What did the reform achieve? A typification of change in the commission
3.1. Organisational dimension
3.2. Political dimension
3.3. Democratic dimension
4. Concluding remarks
After Enlargement: Voting Behaviour in the Sixth European Parliament Institutions & political actors
20/09/2006 11:59:31


This paper analyses how voting behaviour in the European Parliament has changed after the enlargement of the EU to 10 new member states in 2004.
Using roll-call votes from the first eighteen months of the sixth European Parliament (between July 2004 and December 2005), the authors compare the voting behaviour of MEPs in this parliament with their behaviour in the previous Parliament (between 1999 and 2004). They focus on party cohesion, coalition formation between parties, and ‘spatial maps’ of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). They find stable levels of party cohesion. Coalitions in the European Parliament form mainly around the left-right dimension and ideological distance between parties is the strongest predictor of coalition preferences. Overall they find that EU enlargement has not changed the way politics works inside the European Parliament. The only major exception is in the behaviour of the Liberals, who vote more with the EPP-ED and less with the Socialists than they did in the previous Parliament.

Challenges (The) for Croatia in European social dialogue Institutions & political actors
06/03/2009 18:45:37
By Višnja Samardžija, PhD and Dominik Vuletić, LL.M.
Paper prepared for the workshop 'Towards Increased Policy Effectiveness: Inter-institutional dialogues in the Enlarged Union', Brussels, October 1-2, 2008
organized by Team 9
(Deliverable No.19)
Civil Service Unions and the Social Construction of the European Civil Service Institutions & political actors
22/05/2007 14:56:19


Scholars of the State have demonstrated that senior officials’ ability to embody the general interest is the result of long-term social processes marked by the concomitant construction of the State and civil servants as a social group. The situation of European civil servants is different from that of State civil servants; their ability to maintain their central role and defend the European interest invites us to turn our enquiry to the processes that realize them (in the double sense of Berger and Luckman). They are a group whose objectification has strong foundations and is also rooted in European institutional “realities”. One of the aspects of this process may be is analysed by focusing on the unions of European civil servants. By examining the social process of crossed unification between the cause, the interest, and the group led by European civil servants unions, this sociological based approached aims to clarify the relation which unites Eurocrats as a body with the European Union institutions.

Civil society participation in the Structural and Cohesion Policies ... Institutions & political actors
06/03/2009 18:08:21
...in the Central-European new member states
By Kalman Dezseri (Institute for World Economy - Budapest)
Paper prepared for the EU-Consent Workshop ‘Towards Increased Policy Effectiveness’, Brussels, 1st and 2nd October 2008
Organized by Team 9 (WP IV)
(Deliverable No. 19)
Enlargement (The) of the Committee of the Regions Institutions & political actors
22/05/2007 19:36:30

Evaluating the entrance of new member states in a representative institution

European Migration Network (The) and the Symbolic Functions of Expert Knowledge Institutions & political actors
06/11/2006 16:57:49
1. Knowledge Utilisation: Instrumental, Legitimising or Substantiating?
2. The European Commission and the Functions of Knowledge
The Quest for Legitimacy
The Commission as a Political Organization
Knowledge as a Source of Legitimation in the Migration Policy Community
A Contested Policy Area
3. Some Evidence
Mandate and Structure of the European Migration Network
Research Agenda and Research Utilization
Dissemination and Publicity
European Parliament (The) after enlargement: any different? Institutions & political actors
20/09/2006 12:28:37
Examining the adaptation of Polish Members of the European Parliament and their impact on political life of the chamber

This paper looks at other aspects of the process of socialisation/adaptation than the attitude of the MEPs towards Europe. It presents MEPs’ own accounts of the processes of learning certain parliamentary strategies specific for the EP, their views on political groups and on representing European citizens. The data analysed comes from interviews with Polish MEPs, carried out between October 2005 and January 2006.
The impact of the arrival of MEPs from CEE on parliamentary politics is assessed both qualitatively and quantitatively. First, the efforts of Polish MEPs to influence parliamentary debates on historical issues are described. The paper also attempts to examine how the arrival of new MEPs (from CEE, not only Poland) influenced the numerical balance of power between political groups and their cohesion.
The paper is divided into four sections. First, previous research on relevant issues is briefly reviewed. It is followed by some background information concerning Polish political parties present in the EP. Third section reviews different aspects of the accommodation process of freshmen MEPs, while the fourth one assesses the effect that their presence has had so far on parliamentary politics and the cohesion of political groups.

European Parliament (The) after Lisbon: Policy-making and Control Institutions & political actors
31/12/2008 12:34:26
Paper presented to the Federal Trust Workshop ‘The European Parliament in an enlarged European Union: Beyond the Lisbon treaty’, 25 April 2008, London
(Deliverable No. 19)
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