Tensions of European governance: politicized bureaucracy and multiple accountability in the European Commission

  title={Tensions of European governance: politicized bureaucracy and multiple accountability in the European Commission},
  author={Thomas Christiansen},
  journal={Journal of European Public Policy},
  • T. Christiansen
  • Published 1997
  • Political Science
  • Journal of European Public Policy
The article proposes a neo-institutionalist perspective on the European Commission based on two lines of internal conflict: the Commission's need to be accountable simultaneously to the member states and to 'the citizens' ('multiple accountability') and its dual function of providing executive government and public administration ('politicized bureaucracy') for the European polity. These dimensions of conflict have created a multi-organization which combines features of four organizational… 
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