Perspectives on EU governance: an empirical assessment of the political attitudes of EU agency professionals
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EU-level agencies have emerged as important actors on the EU’s policy-making scene. To date, we know relatively little about the personnel working in EU agencies: What attitudes do EU agency staff members hold on issue-dimensions relevant for the EU integration process? How do they perceive of their role in EU policy-making? Moreover, we know little about the cohesiveness of attitudes of agency staff within and between different EU agencies. The aim of this contribution is conceptual and empirical-descriptive. It draws on original data from an online survey of professionals working in EU agencies to gain insights into the attitudes held by EU agency staff on three substantive attitudinal dimensions: conceptions relating to legitimate and accountable EU governance, conceptions about the preferred level of centralization of political authority in the EU, as well as views on economic governance in the EU. While the conceptual focus of this paper is on attitudes and not on behaviour, the attitudes held by EU agency staff and their relative homo- or heterogeneity is likely to affect perceptions and evaluations of the political environment and interpretations of the challenges agency staff members face in their substantive area of work. The findings of the survey will enable us to draw broader conclusions about the type and quality of accountability relationships as well as of the EU’s democratic legitimacy. Moreover, the data will permit to inform arguments about the actor quality of EU agencies, which are often conceived as efficient institutional solutions to overcome commitment problems.
|Keywords:||Administrative élites; agencies; attitudes; EU integration; legitimacy||Issue Date:||12-Aug-2011||Journal:||Journal of European Public Policy||Start page:||888||End page:||908||Note:||6||Band:||18||Type:||Zeitschriftenartikel||ISSN:||1350-1763||DOI:||10.26092/elib/579||URN:||urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-elib47820||Faculty:||Fachbereich 08: Sozialwissenschaften (FB 08)|
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