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Which Policy for Europe?: Power and Conflict inside the European Commission

Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh


The European Commission is at the center of the EU political system. Within its five-year terms each Commission proposes up to 2000 binding legal acts and thus crucially shapes form and substance of EU policy that impacts on the daily lives of more than 500 million European citizens. However, despite the EU Commission’s outstanding role in setting the agenda for European policy, little is known about its internal dynamics when preparing legislation. We do not know why the EU Commission at times proposes legislative drafts that result in a situation characterized by opposition from Member State ... More

Keywords: Epuropean Commission, osition formation, internal conflict, power, EU political system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688036
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miriam Hartlapp, author
Chair for Governance and Organizational Studies, University of Bremen

Julia Metz, author
Senior Researcher, University of Bremen

Christian Rauh, author
Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center