Management and Culture in an Enlarged European Commission

Author: Carolyn Ban
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230252219
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Carolyn Ban breaks new ground by analyzing the European Commission from a public management perspective. Based on extensive interviews conducted over six years, it explores how the European Commission faced the challenge of enlargement, how it recruited and socialized thousands of new staff members, and its success in integrating newcomers. It argues that nationality was less important in understanding the newcomers than expected and, conversely, that gender was more important than expected, as one of the major effects of enlargement was to shift the organization's gender balance. It includes an analysis of language use and language politics as an important part of organizational culture. The work provides a lively and readable picture of life within the Commission. Melding management with sociology, anthropology, and linguistics, contributes to the growing literature on international organizations. It will be of interest to scholars, practitioners, students, and to those who hope to pursue international careers.

European Union Enlargement Conditionality

Author: Eli Gateva
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137482435
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The book provides the first comprehensive comparative analysis of the development of EU enlargement conditionality across four different enlargement waves - the first (2004) and the second (2007) phase of the Eastern enlargement, the EU enlargement to Croatia (2013), and the ongoing enlargement round involving Turkey and the Western Balkans.

Cultural Governance and the European Union

Author: Evangelia Psychogiopoulou
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137453753
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This edited collection brings together distinguished scholars across a range of academic disciplines to explore how the European Union engages with culture. The book examines the ways in which cultural issues have been framed at the EU level and the policies and instruments to which they have given vent.

European Civil Service in Times of Crisis

Author: Didier Georgakakis
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319517929
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This book, part of the new wave of political sociology in EU studies, examines the dialectics of construction/deconstruction of the European civil service through a succession of empirically grounded case studies. Breaking with the usual representations of ‘Eurocrats’, it sheds light on a hidden aspect of the current European crisis: a crisis of social reproduction which affects the European civil service in a heavy context of management reforms, enlargements, institutional changes and the euro crisis. This in turn has a number of consequences in terms of internal tensions, power, and more broadly, the capacity of EU institutions to create convergence between diverging national and economic interests, and to embody a European future. European Civil Service in (Times of) Crisis will be of interest to students and scholars across a wide range of disciplines, including politics, sociology and public administration, to practitioners working in and with the EU institutions, as well as those wishing to know more about the EU.

Lobbying the European Union

Author: David Coen
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191607215
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It is universally accepted that there has been a huge growth in EU lobbying over the past few decades. There is now a dense EU interest group system. This entirely new volume, inspired by Mazey & Richardson's 1993 book Lobbying in the European Community, seeks to understand the role of interest groups in the policy process from agenda-setting to implementation. Specifically, the book is interested in observing how interest groups organise to influence the EU institutions and how they select different coalitions along the policy process and in different policy domains. In looking at 20 years of change, the book captures processes of institutional and actor learning, professionalisation of lobbying, and the possible emergence of a distinct EU public policy style. More specifically, from the actors' perspective, the editors are interested in assessing how the rise of direct lobbying and the emergence of fluid issue-based coalitions has changed the logic of collective action, and what is the potential impact of 'venue-shopping' on reputation and influence. From an institutional perspective, the contributors explore resource and legitimacy demands, and the practical impact of consultation processes on the emergence of a distinct EU lobbying relationship. It will be essential reading for academics and practitioners alike.

The Normalization of the European Commission

Author: Anchrit Wille
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199665699
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Examines the nature and functions of the EU Commission and analyses how it is has evolved from an international organization to a political executive and the way in which executive relationships have been 'normalized.'

Key Controversies in European Integration

Author: Hubert Zimmermann
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137529520
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In the fully revised and updated second edition of this highly engaging text, prominent scholars from around the world reflect on the current and future state of the European Union. Representing the whole spectrum of thinking about the EU, from pro-European to openly Eurosceptic perspectives, the authors debate 16 key controversies in relation to the nature, current state and future of European integration. Thematic chapters address the most important issues in EU politics, with authors presenting diametrically opposed views on each controversy. Among the debates covered are: • How efficient is the European Union? • Does the European Court of Justice have too much power? • Will the Euro survive? • Can the EU tame big finance? • Should we expect a common European army? All chapters in the second edition have been thoroughly revised, with new chapters added to take account of recent developments. These cover the crisis of the euro, business lobbying in the EU, Britain's relationship with the EU, and the pros and cons of German hegemony. This comprehensive and accessible text will prove invaluable reading for students of the EU by providing both sides of the debate in some of the most contentious issues in European integration.

European Integration in the Twenty First Century

Author: Mary Farrell
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN: 9780761972181
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European Integration in the Twenty-First Century provides a comprehensive overview of the many dimensions and challenges to the on-going European integration project. It employs a number of interdisciplinary perspectives to review processes of both unity and disunity providing the reader with a complete snapshot of contemporary European integration in its variety of settings.