European Union Administration: Legitimacy and Efficiency


The book analyses the administrative system in the European Union with a focus on the efficiency and legitimacy of the administrative practices. The administrative system of the European Union is described as a hybrid between a traditional national and an international administration. In the analysis three distinct theoretical perspectives are used (a structural, a procedural and a cultural), thus ensuring that a broad variety of factors are included. Furthermore, in the analysis the administration is seen from the perspective of an individual Eurocrat, but, simultaneously, the overall institutional perspective is maintained by a focus on the effects of the special characteristics of the administrative practices on the efficiency and legitimacy of the administration.

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Peter Nedergaard, Ph.D. (1990) in Political Science, University of Aarhus, is Associate Professor at the International Center for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. He has published extensively on various aspects of European integration in journals like the Journal of Common Market Studies, Public Choice and the Journal of European Integration.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Part I. Concepts, Theories, and Context of the EU Administration
Chapter 2. The EU’s administration – a political hybrid between a national and an international administration;
Chapter 3. Organizational Theories and the EU administration;
Chapter 4. The EU Administration in Context
Part II. Administration and Institutions of the European Union
Chapter 5: Staffing the EU institutions;
Chapter 6: The Commission – Organizational Structure, Processes and Culture;
Chapter 7: The Council of Ministers – Organizational Structure, Processes and Culture;
Chapter 8: Perspectives – Efficiency and legitimacy of the EU administration
The book is mainly intended as an empirically well-founded introduction to the administration of the European Union. The perspective of the individual Eurocrat is not covered by the literature that exists today and the wide organizational lenses ensure that the book’s analysis complements most exist.