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Intergovernmentalists in the Commission: Foxes in the Henhouse?

Abstract : Contrary to the dominant view in the scholarly literature on European institutions, where the European Commission is generally described as a unitary actor whose acts are primarily influenced by a political agenda and/or considerations of self-interest, this article argues that a variety of opinions coexist within the Commission staff. Based on the largest attitudinal survey ever conducted on Commission officials, it documents the existence of a sizeable minority of intergovernmentalists and analyzes their attitude towards the institution they serve and their views on its place in the integration process.
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Renaud Dehousse, Andrew Thompson. Intergovernmentalists in the Commission: Foxes in the Henhouse?. Journal of European Integration / Revue d'Intégration Européenne, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2012, 34 (2), pp.113 - 132. ⟨hal-02186573⟩



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