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Administrative TraditionsUnderstanding the Roots of Contemporary Administrative Behavior$
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B. Guy Peters

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198297253.001.0001

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The European Union as a Distinctive Tradition?

The European Union as a Distinctive Tradition?

(p.139) 7 The European Union as a Distinctive Tradition?
Administrative Traditions

B. Guy Peters

Oxford University Press

The bureaucracy of the European Union, housed within the European Commission, is different from most other bureaucracies. It does very little implementation—that is done by the member states—and focuses on making policies. In addition, this bureaucracy employs individuals from all the member states, and many of those employees are in Brussels for only a short time before returning to their national bureaucracies. The question posed in this chapter is whether the bureaucracy of the European Union has been able to develop an administrative tradition of its own, or whether it is merely an amalgam of the traditions of the member states. Yet another option is that each Directorate General within the Commission has its own distinctive culture, based in part on the policy domain for which it is responsible and the individuals employed.

Keywords:   European Union, European Commission, specialization in bureaucracy, bureaucratic roles, supranationalism

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