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The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century$
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Hussein Kassim, John Peterson, Michael W. Bauer, Sara Connolly, Renaud Dehousse, Liesbet Hooghe, and Andrew Thompson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599523

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599523.001.0001

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Leadership in the Commission

Leadership in the Commission

(p.151) Chapter 6 Leadership in the Commission
The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century

Hussein Kassim

Oxford University Press

Due to the responsibilities entrusted to the organization under the treaties, the leadership of the Commission has attracted considerable attention. Although decisions are taken collectively by the College, expectations of leadership are directed towards the Commission Presidency. Historically, that office has been weak, which has adversely affected the organization and the Union more broadly. However, there have been important changes in the recent past. This chapter examines how officials rate the strength of the last four Commission Presidents and consider how they view the operation of the Barroso Presidency. It finds that Barroso is considered a stronger leader any Commission President since Delors, that leadership has become more strongly presidentialized under Barroso, and that the model developed by Barroso is very different from any of his predecessors. In addition, although many in the Commission welcome strong personalised leadership in a post-enlargement Union, others are concerned about the ‘perils of presidentialism’.

Keywords:   leadership, presidentialization, presidentialism, Delors, Barroso

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