1985–1998: The Foundations for the Kinnock Reforms

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


The year 1985 marked a turning point in European activism and, more specifically, in the Commission’s political life. The decade during which Jacques Delors was President of the Commission witnessed the most fruitful relaunch of European integration and policy conception. The institution’s problems were more associated by officials and politicians with a lack of vision and leadership than with poor organisational structures and management (Hermanin, 2006, p. 14). The focus in 1985, therefore, was on ways to recapture the Commission’s power and influence in the policy process.


Member State European Commission Civil Servant Reform Process Administrative Reform 
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© Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity College CorkRepublic of Ireland

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