The European Commission after the reform

Authored by: Michelle Cini

Routledge Handbook of European Politics

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415626750
eBook ISBN: 9781315755830
Adobe ISBN: 9781317628361


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The European Commission has been undergoing a series of rapid changes since the early 2000s. This has come as a shock for an institution that for much of its existence has been characterized by organizational evolution of a more incremental nature. To the extent that we can understand the forces at work upon and within the Commission, both external pressures and internal responses have had important impacts. Three drivers of change are identified in this chapter: the post-2000 administrative reform of the Commission; the large-scale, primarily Central/East European enlargements of 2004 and 2007; and the post-2007 financial/economic crisis and its implications for the Eurozone and the EU in general.

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