© 2011

Reforming the European Commission


Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan
    Pages 13-34
  3. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan
    Pages 35-55
  4. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan
    Pages 56-77
  5. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan
    Pages 102-122
  6. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan
    Pages 123-145
  7. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan
    Pages 146-166
  8. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan
    Pages 167-188
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 211-233

About this book


Analyses the impact of the managerial reforms of the European Commission. In 1999 the resignation of the College of Commissioners triggered the implementation of a White Paper which listed 98 measures to overhaul the way the Commission did business. Ten years later what impact have the reforms had on the European Commission and European governance?


European Commission European Governance governance Institution New Public Management Policy public administration public management reforms regional policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity College CorkRepublic of Ireland

About the authors

EMMANUELLE SCHÖN-QUINLIVAN Lecturer in Politics with the Department of Government at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland. She specialises in European Union politics, public management and institutional change. She has published extensively on the impact of the Kinnock reforms on the European Commission, including in the Journal of European Public Policy.

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“The author empirically investigates three major aspects of the reforms. … Combining interview data with a thorough analysis of official documents, the book nicely complements previous research on the Kinnock reforms … with a comprehensive focus on changes in formal structures and management procedure. … are relevant not only for Commission experts and public management scholars, but also for researchers and practitioners interested in organizational change and the implementation of administrative policies. … a timely and relevant read.” (Jörn Ege, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 53 (5), 2015)