Enlargement, reform and the European Commission. Weathering a perfect storm?

  title={Enlargement, reform and the European Commission. Weathering a perfect storm?},
  author={John Peterson},
  journal={Journal of European Public Policy},
  pages={761 - 780}
  • J. Peterson
  • Published 11 July 2008
  • Political Science
  • Journal of European Public Policy
The European Commission may be the world's most powerful international administration. However, the notion that it has been in decline since the resignation of the Santer Commission in 1999 has become accepted wisdom. This analysis asks whether radical internal reforms and the European Union (EU) enlargements of 2004–07 add up to a sort of perfect storm, accelerating the Commission's decay. Recent changes have been dramatic and, in some ways, traumatic. Yet, in some respects, the internal… 

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