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    EU agencies and the politicized administration

    Everson, Michelle and Vos, E. (2021) EU agencies and the politicized administration. In: Pollack, J. and Slominski, P. (eds.) The Role of EU Agencies in the Eurozone and Migration Crisis: Impact and Future Challenges. European Administrative Governance. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 21-51. ISBN 9783030513832.

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    In their efforts to categorize the growing body of agencies operating at EU level, influential commentators on the state of the Union have of late noted a veritable ‘agency fever’ (Busuioc et al. 2012; Egeberg and Trondal 2017), or an exponential rise in the creation of ‘non-majoritarian’ (Majone 1996, 1997) governance structures within the European Union. This development raises a series of queries, which will be tackled in this contribution, not the least of which is the issue of whether, in its increasingly politicized use of the agency vehicle, the European Union is placing an impossible stress on agency actors. Book synopsis: Ordoliberalism is a theoretical and cultural tradition of significant societal and political impact in post-war Germany. For a long time the theory was only known outside Germany by a handful of experts, but ordoliberalism has now moved centre stage after the advent of the financial crisis, and has become widely perceived as the ideational source of Germany's crisis politics. In this collection, the contributors engage in a multi-faceted exploration of the conceptual history of ordoliberalism, the premises of its founding fathers in law and economics, its religious underpinnings, the debates over its theoretical assumptions and political commitments, and its formative vision of societal ordering based upon a synthesis of economic theories and legal concepts. The renewal of that vision through the ordoliberal conceptualisation of the European integration project, the challenges of the current European crisis, and the divergent perceptions of ordoliberalism within Germany and by its northern and southern EU neighbours, are a common concern of all these endeavours. They unfold interdisciplinary affinities and misunderstandings, cultural predispositions and prejudices, and political preferences and cleavages. By examining European traditions through the lens of ordoliberalism, the book illustrates the diversity of European economic cultures, and the difficulty of transnational political exchanges, in a time of European crisis.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Michelle Everson
    Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 15:14
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:18


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