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The European Commission and the Integration of Europe : Images of Governance

By: Hooghe, Liesbet.
Contributor(s): F?llesdal, Andreas | Olsen, Johan P.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Themes in European governance: Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002Description: 1 online resource (293 p.).ISBN: 9780511044267.Subject(s): European federation | European UnionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The European Commission and the Integration of Europe : Images of GovernanceDDC classification: 341.2424 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Figures; Tables; Preface; Prologue; 1 Preference formation in the European Commission; 2 Men (and women) at Europe's helm; 3 Images of Europe; 4 Beyond supranational interest; 5 Capitalism against capitalism; 6 Principal or agent; 7 Accommodating national diversity; 8 Conclusion; Appendix I: Statistics; Appendix II: Description of independent variables; Appendix III: Survey material; References; Index
Summary: What kind of Europe does the European Commission want? Should the EU be supranational or intergovernmental? Should the Commission be Europe's government or civil service? Based on interviews with 137 top Commission officials, Hooghe finds that the Commission is no less divided on European integration than Europe's leaders and citizens.
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Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Figures; Tables; Preface; Prologue; 1 Preference formation in the European Commission; 2 Men (and women) at Europe's helm; 3 Images of Europe; 4 Beyond supranational interest; 5 Capitalism against capitalism; 6 Principal or agent; 7 Accommodating national diversity; 8 Conclusion; Appendix I: Statistics; Appendix II: Description of independent variables; Appendix III: Survey material; References; Index

What kind of Europe does the European Commission want? Should the EU be supranational or intergovernmental? Should the Commission be Europe's government or civil service? Based on interviews with 137 top Commission officials, Hooghe finds that the Commission is no less divided on European integration than Europe's leaders and citizens.

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In recent years many books have been written on the European Union, usually discussing the complex set of its institutions. This book by an American political scientist examines the views and preferences of senior officials of the European Commission on the desirable form of European integration. The main issues are familiar: should the EU be supranational or intergovernmental; should it promote market liberalism or a more regulated economy; should the EC be a policy-making body or a civil service implementing decisions? The book is largely based on data from 137 interviews with officials whose views are shaped by both values and self-interested utility. The main conclusion is that senior officials are sharply divided and that their views and preferences are less likely to be shaped by the EC than by outside contexts such as party, country, and prior work environment. External influences are much stronger than experiences inside the EC or length of service. Hooghe also finds that officials are likely, on basic issues, to be influenced by party or national identity, while on issues of EU governance career interests dominate. A book for specialists on the EU. Graduate students and beyond. M. Curtis emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

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