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Structuring the European administrative space : channels of EU penetration and mechanisms of national change

Strukturierung des europäischen administrativen Raums : Wege der EU-Durchdringung und Mechanismen nationalen Wandels
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Heidbreder, Eva G.

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Corporate Editor Freie Universität Berlin, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe"
Abstract "The author provides an analytical model to capture mechanisms of supranational impact on national public administrations. The aim is to understand how we can perceive a European administrative space given the persistent diversity between member states. In face of the overly complex subject matter, it is argued that a typology that presents ideal types of interaction modes between supranational and national levels of administration provides in fact a suitable pragmatic approach to understand the potential impact of European integration on national civil services. Scrutinizing which mechanisms of possible influence-taking the European Union (EU) invokes shows that administrative integration does actually not suggest overall convergence. Instead the shared administrative space works precisely because it preserves state-sensitive diversity. Only in the context of enlargement did the EU need to present a single model to the candidate states and thus the notion of an ever more converging single administrative space was invented. Despite the external promotion of a single model, the driving dynamic of the emerging European administrative space remains increased cooperation and common administration that respects and sustains differences between independent national public administrations. The theoretical framework and empirical application therefore provide a first step for further research to tackle how supranational integration changes national public administration." (author's abstract)
Keywords European Policy; European integration; EU; EU expansion; European cooperation; political administrative system; Europeanization; nation state; public administration; administrative organization; supranational relations; supranationality; political change
Classification European Politics; Administrative Science
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords national public administrations; administrative space; administrative integration
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Berlin
Page/Pages 31 p.
Series KFG Working Paper Series, 5
ISSN 1868-7601
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications