The New Eurocrats: What Exposure to EU Policy Making Does to Public Administrations
The project focuses on characterising the effects of increased involvement in EU policy making at the national level, both in terms of reception and projection, on the public administrations of each of two waves of new member states, and on selected candidate countries. At the administration level we are interested in learning whether, in what way, post accession experience, rather than pre-accession conditionality, has professionalised each public administration. At the individual level we are interested in characterizing these new Eurocrats and their colleagues. We use a large scale survey of administrators, an expert survey, and multiple interviews to disentangle European effects from country-level sector-level, and personal variation.