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The European Commission more multinational than before

The staff of the so-called cabinets of the European Commission are more multinational than before. This may lead to decisions less influenced by each commmissioner's national background, Morten Egeberg and Andreas Heskestad write in a recent article in Journal of Common Market Studies. This goes against the standard portrayal that commissioners have only employed advisors form their home country in these cabinet groups and that they have been used as a tool for member state interest in the supposedly supranational Commisson.

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Towards one European order

National bureaucracies in Europe are increasingly linked to the EU bureacracy, Jarle Trondal argues in his new book 'Emergent European Executive Order'. Consequently, national bureaucrats are more loyal to the EU-system than before.

Member state and European bureaucracy are to a larger extent working as one system, Trondal says in the book recently published by Oxford University Press. This is indicated by the extended use of national experts in the Commission, the existence of more agencies with regulative powers, and the fact that committees in which national bureaucrats and EU bureaucrats work side by side are increasingly common.

Previous literature on the subject has treated these two levels separately. - I wish to analyse this system as one, Trondal says.

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EU Maritime Policy: Rights trump economic interests

In a new article in Journal of European Public Policy, Marianne Riddervold argues that protection of human rights, rather than economic gains, has been a key motivation for EU in establishing high standards in international shipping. Her article 'A matter of principle?' contributes to the debate on the role of norms in European Union (EU) foreign policy by looking at EU policies in the making of a Consolidated Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

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Transnational bureaucrats

Our government agencies are becoming increasingly independent. They use their freedom to create closer ties with The European Union and sister organisations in other nation states, concludes Maria Martens PhD dissertation.

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Democratic deficit?

Political outcomes are increasingly settled by the time when the matters reach the European Union's decision-making bodies, concludes Anne Elizabeth Stie in her PhD dissertation.
– The EU's co-decision procedure has many democratic qualities, but the informal trialogue meetings which take place alongside the procedure are detrimental to EU democracy, says Stie.

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Other publications:
The Unfinished Democratisation of Europe
Erik Oddvar Eriksen
Oxford University Press

Decision-making Void of Democratic Qualities? An Evaluation of the EU’s Second Pillar Decision-making Procedure
Anne Elizabeth Stie
In: European Integration Online Papers

Voice or Loyalty? The Evolution of the European Environment Agency (EEA)
Maria Martens
In: Journal for Common Market Studies

EU Administration: Centre Formation and Multilevelness
Morten Egeberg
In: Revue française d'administration publique

The EU's many representative modes: Colliding? Cohering?
Chris Lord and Johannes Pollak
In: Journal of European Public Policy

In Search of the Popular Subject: Identity Formation, Constitution-making and the Democratic Consolidation of the EU
Hans-Jörg Trenz
In: European Review

Norway's European Gag Rules
John Erik Fossum
In: European Review

Upcoming events:
16 - 17 September
What kind of democracy for what kind of European foreign and security policy?
RECON Workshop

30 September - 1 October
The relation of justice, democracy and statehood
RECON Workshop

Tuesday seminars:
EU-level Agencies: New Executive Centre Formation or Vehicles of National Control?
Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal
ARENA - Centre for European Studies

Constitutionalism Beyond the State. Myth or Necessity?
Jean L. Cohen, Columbia University, New York
Thursday 30 September (10:15 - 12:00) Room 2, Georg Sverdrups hus Map
Co-hosted by the Research Programme on Democracy (Democracy as Idea and Practice)

The Relevance of Heuristics for Creating and Using Institutions. Hungarian and German MPs in the Europeanized Policymaking Process
Sabine Kropp
Deutsche Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer

More seminars
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