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Organizational Theories and the EU Administration

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Organizational theory is an important tool for the analysis of an organization such as the EU administration. Yet, it should be noted that organizational theory is not a close-knit theoretical system. It has been argued that organizational theory consists of three dominant themes: structure, process, and culture. This chapter first addresses the EU administrational structure. It then analyses the organizational processes of the EU administration and the organizational culture of the EU administration. The legitimacy of the EU administration is considered. The chapter analyzes the efficiency of the EU administration. Finally, it outlines the model of the EU’s administration as a political bureaucracy.

Keywords: European Union administration; organizational culture; organizational theories; political bureaucracy



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