The New Eurocrats

National Civil Servants in EU Policymaking

Karin Geuijen, Paul Hart, Sebastiaan Princen, and Kutsal Yesilkagit

Karin Geuijen, Paul Hart, Sebastiaan Princen, and Kutsal Yesilkagit

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

176 pages | 6-1/3 x 9-1/2
Paper $38.50 ISBN: 9789053567975 Published June 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Policies in the EU are largely made by national civil servants who prepare and implement decisions in Brussels as well as at home. Despite their important role, these national civil servants form a relatively hidden world that has received little attention from both the media and academics. This volume considers a wide variety of sources and research methods to answer such questions as: how many civil servants are actually involved in EU-related activities? What do these civil servants do when they engage with the EU? And how do they negotiate their dual roles? The New Eurocrats offers unique and invaluable insight into these civil servants and their working practices—and uncovers some secrets in the world of EU governance along the way.
Tables and Figures
Chapter One:
Studying Eurocrats at Work
1.1   Emerging Eurocracy: National civil servants and European integration
1.2   From diplomats to international experts
1.3   Tensions and dilemmas in diplomatic practice
1.4   Research questions
1.5   Methods
1.6   Book plan
Chapter Two:
Toward a Europeanised Civil Service?
A Survey Study
2.1   Surveying the Dutch civil service
2.2   Finding Dutch 'Eurocrats'
2.3   The organisational context of Dutch Eurocracy
2.4   The virtuous spiral of organisational Europeanisation
Chapter Three:
Eurocratic Work as Strategic Behaviour: Moving Before the Commission Does in Veterinary Policy
3.1   Representing the 'national interest' in Brussels
3.2   Uploading in the pre-proposal phase
3.3   Research design
3.4   Frontloading, signalling and coalition formation in veterinary policy
3.5   Eurocratic work as strategic behaviour: Conclusions
Chapter Four:
Getting Things Done in European Police Co-operation
4.1   Eurocratic work in the Third Pillar: A different world?
4.2  The case of data availability: 'Messy' policy-making in Europe
4.3   Species of Eurocrats
4.4   Understanding national Eurocrats: Conclusions
Chapter Five:
Bridge Builders or Bridgeheads in Brussels?
The World of Seconded National Experts
5.1   Living and breathing the Brussels bureaucracy
5.2   Getting inside the insiders: Methodology and data
5.3   Demand and supply: The Dutch and the expert secondment system
5.4   Profiling the Dutch expert contingent
5.5   Knowing how and knowing who: Networking
5.6   Life after secondment: SNEs and their careers
5.7   An underutilised asset: Conclusions
Chapter Six:
Understanidng Eurocratic Work:
Conclusions and Reflections
6.1   Dutch Eurocracy revisited
6.2   Eurocrats: How many, where?
6.3   Eurocratic work: Individual professionalism
6.4   Eurocratic work: Organisational preconditions
6.5   Grasping the real world of Eurocracy: The road ahead
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