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Political Servants or Independent Experts?: A Comparative Study of Bureaucratic Role Perceptions and the Implementation of EU Law in Denmark and Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2014 (English)In: Journal of European Integration, ISSN 0703-6337, Vol. 36, no 7, 731-747 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to test two hypotheses regarding bureaucratic role perceptions and the implementation of EU policies at the Member State level. A comparison of national agencies in two different executive settings, the Danish and the Swedish, yields the conclusion that established theories on bureaucratic role perceptions explain differences in policy-making in the late stage of the EU policy process. Interview data supports the first hypothesis: that the main difference between Danish and Swedish national-level bureaucrats is that between perceiving oneself as a national servant (Denmark) and as an independent expert (Sweden). The second hypothesis tested here is that national-level bureaucrats under certain circumstances will perceive themselves as EU servants, and make implementation choices accordingly. Convincing evidence supporting this hypothesis is not found — not even in the case of the food-policy agencies, which are regarded here as the most likely to foster EU servants.

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Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 36, no 7, 731-747 p.
Keyword [en]
EU, implementation, bureaucratic role perceptions, tax policy, food policy
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-229508DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2014.942733ISI: 000344140800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-229508DiVA: diva2:736919
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2007-0660:1-E
Available from: 2014-08-11 Created: 2014-08-11 Last updated: 2014-12-17Bibliographically approved

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