A Bird’s-Eye View
What does a bird’s-eye view of the European Commission’s expert groups tell us about technocratic governance in the EU? To what extent can we identify patterns of technocratic governance in this context? More than 15 years ago, the expert-group system of the Commission was commented upon by a former director of the Commission’s Secretariat-General: ‘The only general rule is that there is no general rule’ (Azzi, 1999, p. 9). Similarly, one of the first comprehensive investigations into Commission expert groups found that ‘behind the label of “expert groups” we find very different things’ (Larsson, 2003, p. 17) — a situation that hampered the analysis of systematic patterns. As we will see in this chapter, however, the expert-group system has since undergone a number of institutional reforms.
KeywordsEuropean Commission Expert Group Public Register Commission Service Epistemic Community
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