The Resource Selection, appointment and redeployment of senior Commission officials, Alessandro Fusacchia

Selection, appointment and redeployment of senior Commission officials, Alessandro Fusacchia

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Selection, appointment and redeployment of senior Commission officials
Title
Selection, appointment and redeployment of senior Commission officials
Statement of responsibility
Alessandro Fusacchia
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
After the fall of the Santer Commission in 1999, the new college undertook an in-depth internal administrative reform under the political leadership of Romano Prodi and Neil Kinnock. One big chapter of this reform dealt with senior personnel policy. New procedures were implemented, merit was upgraded as the main criteria for senior appointments, and compulsory redeployment was introduced. Against this background, the research was conducted in order to assess the extent to which these new measures have changed the way senior appointments take place inside the Commission, particularly in terms of influence coming from national governments. By assessing several hundred appointments and redeployments of director generals, deputy director generals and directors - and through interviews with 37 top Commission officials - the thesis revealed what substantive and systemic changes have progressively taken place since the early years of the Prodi Commission, as compared to the pre-reform situation (i.e. Santer Commission). Principal-agent theory was used to frame the research and derive the main hypotheses on the possible development in the relation between EU member states and the Commission. Among the main overall findings of the research, the empirical assessment revealed that 1) the role played by nationality in senior Commission appointments has undoubtedly decreased with the implementation of the reform; 2) the role of member states in senior appointments has changed little from Santer to Prodi, due to the complementary finding that this role was already rather limited prior to the reform (a finding which runs against the mainstream literature on this issue); 3) mobility was a senior management tool that certainly helped the Commission to bring forward change to the administrative culture, but did not come to represent a tool used to resist member states' pressures; and 4) unfit candidates have no longer a chance to be promoted to the upper echelons of the Commission administration
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Fusacchia, Alessandro
Date time place
Defence date: 2 February 2009
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2009.
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
theses
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European University Institute
Series statement
  • EUI PhD theses
  • EUI theses
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  • European Commission
  • European Union
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Selection, appointment and redeployment of senior Commission officials, Alessandro Fusacchia
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Publication
Note
Examining Board: Prof. Adrienne Héritier (Supervisor, EUI/RSCAS); Prof. Michelle Cini (University of Bristol); Prof. Bruno De Witte (EUI); Prof. Morten Egeberg (University of Oslo)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-361)
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb15413639
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
viii, 361 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1038727767
Label
Selection, appointment and redeployment of senior Commission officials, Alessandro Fusacchia
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Prof. Adrienne Héritier (Supervisor, EUI/RSCAS); Prof. Michelle Cini (University of Bristol); Prof. Bruno De Witte (EUI); Prof. Morten Egeberg (University of Oslo)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-361)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb15413639
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
viii, 361 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1038727767

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