The New Eurocrats : National Civil Servants in EU Policy-Making
Policies in the European Union are largely made by national civil servants who prepare, take and implement decisions in Brussels as well as at home. Despite the important role of national civil servants in EU governance, they form a ‘hidden world’ that has received little attention from both the media and academics.
This book addresses a range of questions that are pertinent to this hidden world, focusing on one EU member state, the Netherlands. How many civil servants are actually involved in EU-related activities? What do these civil servants do when they engage with the EU? And how do they negotiate their dual roles as national civil servants and participants in European networks?
These questions are answered through a wide variety of source and research methods: a large-scale survey among Dutch civil servants, interviews with civil servants who participate in EU policy processes, and observations of meetings both in Brussels and in The Hague. In addition, special attention is given to national experts who are seconded to the European Comission by their government.
This book thereby offers a unique and invaluable insight into the activities of national civil servants in the EU, and uncovers some of the secrets of this hidden world of EU governance.
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