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From integration to integrity

Administrative ethics and reform in the European Commission

By Michelle Cini

From integration to integrity
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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6505-7
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: November 2007
  • BIC Category: Politics, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / General, EU (European Union), Society & social sciences / Politics & government
  • Series: Europe in Change

Description

This book is the first to examine how the European Commission has addressed concerns about its ethical standards since 1999. References to the European gravy train, to instances of nepotism or patronage, and even corruption and fraud are commonplace in the popular press. However, until now, there has been no study of the European institutions themselves to question the validity of these claims, or to explore the extent to which the European Commission has responded to and resolved such problems and/or criticism.

This book considers the European Commission's administrative ethics in the context of the events leading up to the resignation of the College of Commissioners in March 1999, and the subsequent administrative reform led by Commissioner Neil Kinnock from 1999-2004. Insights from the field of administrative ethics are applied to the Commission's response to accusations of an ethics problem within its organisational borders, adding a new perspective to existing research on the EU institutions.

Contents

Figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
1.Research context and framework
2.The resignation of the European Commission
3.Administrative reform
4.The Eurostat Affair
5.Promoting ethics in the College of Commissioners
6.Control, socialisation and ethics reform in the Commission's Services
7.Beyond control: reporting, investigating and sanctioning wrongdoing in the European Commission
8.Extending the ethics infrastructure: from European transparency initiative to common ethical space
9.Conclusion
References
Index

Author

Michelle Cini is Reader in European Studies in the Department of Politics, University of Bristol

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