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Research Seminars Series FGGA: Agencification of the European Union administration: Connecting the dots

  • Morten Egeberg
  • ​Jarle Trondal
Thursday 26 May 2016
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague
Living Lab

Third seminar in a new research seminar series at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). The FGGA Research Seminar will be a forum for the presentation and discussion of current, high-quality research on topics covered by the faculty, including governance at the global, European, national and sub-national levels; public management, public policy and political economy; crisis, conflict and security; and development, sustainability and public health. The aim of the seminar is to stimulate academic discussion and collaboration at the faculty and between the faculty and leading academics and academic institutions in the field. The seminar will feature both external speakers and researchers from our own faculty.

For more information about the seminar series, please contact Johan Christensen (j.christensen@fgga.leidenuniv.nl), Joris van der Voet (j.van.der.voet@fgga.leidenuniv.nl) or David Ehrhardt (d.w.l.ehrhardt@luc.leidenuniv.nl). 

No affiliation with Leiden University or registration is required to attend. We hope to see you all in the seminars!


Agencification of the European Union administration: Connecting the dots

Morten Egeberg, University of Oslo, Department of Political Science and ARENA Center for European Studies
Jarle Trondal, University of Agder, Department of Political Science and Management, and University of Oslo, ARENA Center for European Studies

This review paper, with a clear political science and public administration bias, takes stock of the existing literature on EU agencies and suggests a future research agenda in this area. We review studies on EU agencies’ organization, tasks, proliferation and location in the political-administrative space. Whether the advent of EU agencies tends to underpin a basically intergovernmental, transnational or supranational order is a major topic with potentially huge consequences for the distribution of power across levels of government, for the degree of policy uniformity and pooling of administrative resources across countries, for the role of genuinely European perspectives in the policy process, and for accountability relations. Although the jury is still partly out on most topics, we see the contours of a more direct multilevel administration, meaning that EU agencies not only constitute nodes within transnational agency networks, but in addition, in governance terms, relate more closely to the European Commission than to any other institution or actor. ​

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