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European Commission overload and the pathology of management reform: garbage cans, rationality and risk aversion

Levy, Roger (2006) European Commission overload and the pathology of management reform: garbage cans, rationality and risk aversion. Public Administration, 84 (2). pp. 423-439. ISSN 0033-3298

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Abstract

Prior to the EU resignation crisis (the fall of the Santer Commission in 1999), it had long been argued that the European Commission was suffering from managerial ‘overload’. The incoming Prodi Commission embarked on a programme of administrative and managerial reform under the leadership of Commission Vice President, Neil Kinnock. Central to this programme were the objectives of improving managerial capacities and bolstering legitimacy in order that the Commission would be better able to discharge its expanded responsibilities. Using the model of governmental overload developed in the 1970s and 1980s, this article quantifies the impact of the reforms and argues that the overload problem has been aggravated rather than diminished. In this context, the rationale of the reform project is explored with reference to theories of public policy decision making.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 13:09
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/46136/

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