Handbook on European Union Public Administration


Handbook on European Union Public Administration

9781802209006 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gijs Jan Brandsma, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: May 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80220 900 6 Extent: c 416 pp
This Handbook introduces the institutions, organisations and policy processes that make up EU public administration, including those that typically operate beneath the surface, and critically reviews the state of the art in research. Paying close attention to the multi-level nature of EU governance, it is a vital resource for graduate and postgraduate students in the disciplines of European studies, political science and EU law.

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This Handbook seeks to be your one-stop shop for navigating public administration in the European Union, and understanding how its governance differs vastly from that of unitary states. Gijs Jan Brandsma compiles a diverse range of perspectives to assess the ever-changing institutional architecture of the EU, paying close attention to the interlinking mechanisms between the supranational, national and subnational level.

Encompassing the institutions, organisations and policy processes that make up EU public administration, it critically reviews existing literature and presents avenues for future research. Contributors consider a broad spectrum of theoretical approaches to the topic, including federalism, institutionalism, constructivism and organisational theory. The Handbook introduces and discusses specific aspects of European public administration, in particular EU-level institutions, agencies, committees and networks, and their impact on EU governance. Chapters also analyse different stages of the policy cycle and issues surrounding the legitimacy of EU public administration.

This essential Handbook will prove a vital resource for graduate and postgraduate students in the disciplines of European studies, political science and EU law. It will also be of great benefit to academics and public administration practitioners interested in expanding their knowledge of public management, policy and governance.
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‘Unlike other Handbooks, the chapters of the Handbook on European Union Public Administration are held together by a commitment to both empirical discovery and theoretical innovation. This is not a simple “state of the art” approach, but rather a concerted effort by top-rated scholars to push the research frontier forward. Highly recommended.’
– Mark Rhinard, Stockholm University, Sweden

‘Like it or not, public administration matters. And the EU is by no means an exception. This compendium brings together a fine selection from the “who is who” of EU public administration scholars. In an easily accessible way, the Handbook sheds light on state-of-the art normative, institutionalist and policy research on EU public administration. Highly recommended for administrators, academics, students, and everybody interested in better understanding how the EU works today.’
– Dirk Leuffen, University of Konstanz, Germany

‘This Handbook on European Union Public Administration, authored by outstanding researchers, provides essential insights into the intricate workings of EU administrative governance, covering theoretical perspectives, institutional insights, policy processes, and legitimacy issues. An indispensable Handbook for scholars and practitioners studying EU bureaucracy and multilevel policymaking.’
– Michael W. Bauer, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
Contributors: Christian Adam, Pierre Alayrac, Jens Blom-Hansen, Gijs Jan Brandsma, Sara Connolly, Tom Delreux, Daniel Finke, Jana Gómez Díaz, Eva G. Heidbreder, Maarten Hillebrandt, Anna-Lena Högenauer, Hussein Kassim, Ellen Mastenbroek, Christine Neuhold, Ixchel Pérez-Durán, Jan Pollex, Daniel Polman, Sebastiaan Princen, Christian Rauh, Maria-Luisa Sánchez-Barrueco, Sabine Saurugger, Reini Schrama, Roman Senninger, Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen, Paul Stephenson, Eva Thomann, Jarle Trondal, Merve Uzunalioglu, Reinout van der Veer, Nikos Vogiatzis, Stijn van Voorst, Anchrit Wille, Tiziano Zgaga, Asya Zhelyazkova, Pieter Zwaan
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