The Federal Bureaucracy:A Challange for the European Union Administrative and Organizational Future

Academic Public Administration Studies

The Federal Bureaucracy:A Challange for the European Union Administrative and Organizational Future

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Title: The Federal Bureaucracy:A Challange for the European Union Administrative and Organizational Future
Author: Grigoriou, Panagiotis
Abstract: The federal bureaucracy, a system very interesting for the administrative and organisational future of the EU, can have both, positive and negative, impact on the efficient working of government/ governance at the EU level. A well-organized bureaucracy can increase the efficiency of the European government/governance. If every administrative component of this system has a specific responsibility, that does not overlap with other responsibilities, the efficiency of the system will increase greatly. The European governance will constitute a principal objective of our research report. We will start with an account of the EU political system as an ‘information processing’ system. The ‘informational complexity’, which such a system has to cope with, is analysed and conceptualised along three different dimensions: density of communication, structurability of information and heterogeneity of beliefs and interests. Next an eight-fold classification of EU modes of governance is developed based on the dimensions of centralization/dispersion (of authority), strict/loose coupling (of system units) and inclusive/exclusive access (to decision making). Next step for our report will be the new approach to EU governance by stressing the interdependence of governance and integration. It suggests that EU governance is not just shaped by the emerging properties of the EU polity but has a strong impact both on system formation at national and European level. It is a process of mutual structuration which is likely to affect the integration and coherence of member state systems up to a point where European ‘good governance’ may threaten the governability and democratic quality of established national systems
URI: http://www.apas.admpubl.snspa.ro/handle/2010/62
Date: 2010-02-05


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