The Multi-Level Administration of the EU: Transnational Coordination Through National and Supranational Bureaucracies

TARN Working Paper, 3/2016

20 Pages Posted: 18 May 2016  

Tobias Bach

University of Oslo - Department of Political Science

Eva Ruffing

University of Hamburg

Date Written: May 15, 2016

Abstract

The paper addresses the emergence of a multi-level administration in the European Union (EU) which consists of EU agencies, national agencies, and transnational agency networks. A key interest of the paper is to provide a descriptive overview of the phenomenon, to analyse why different types of multi-level administration emerge, and how they matter on three dimensions: First, we elucidate how different types of administrative multi-level arrangements matter for national agencies, for example their ability to deliver public services and their autonomy. Second, we explore how they impact on European agencies and transnational networks, for example their ability to influence European policy-making and implementation. Third, we focus on the interplay between national and supranational administrative actors. The rationale of the paper is essentially to review the existing literature, though it also aims at exploring several aspects that hitherto have not been at the core of research.

Keywords: Adaptation, Administrative Networks, Agencies, Europeanization, National Bureaucracies, Supranational Bureaucracies, Transnational Coordination

Suggested Citation

Bach, Tobias and Ruffing, Eva, The Multi-Level Administration of the EU: Transnational Coordination Through National and Supranational Bureaucracies (May 15, 2016). TARN Working Paper, 3/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2779017 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2779017

Tobias Bach (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Department of Political Science

Moltke Moes vei 31
Oslo, 0851
Norway

Eva Ruffing

University of Hamburg ( email )

Allende-Platz 1
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

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