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The ‘political’ roles of the European Commission
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations. Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1903-4257
2019 (English)In: Journal of European Integration, ISSN 0703-6337, E-ISSN 1477-2280, Vol. 41, no 2, p. 203-220Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The extent to which the European Commission exercises ‘political’ roles in European integration is very much up for debate. Some recent analyses of the Commission take it for granted that its political roles have been in decline, while others have suggested they have increased – especially under the current President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who was appointed in 2014 by a much more politicised process than had been used previously and whose College has sought to present itself as being guided by a political mission and as offering political leadership to the EU. In this article, we aim to show that in the debate about the political roles of the Commission, ‘political’ has often been poorly defined and operationalised. By drawing on Public Administration scholarship, we offer a framework for analysing how and where in the EU system the Commission’s political roles might become manifest. We then assess empirically these roles in different functions the Commission undertakes.

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2019. Vol. 41, no 2, p. 203-220
Keywords [en]
European Union, EU institutions, European Commission, Juncker Commission, leadership, power
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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International Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166254DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2019.1572135ISI: 000465181200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166254DiVA, id: diva2:1290569
Available from: 2019-02-20 Created: 2019-02-20 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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