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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which contributes to a more thorough understanding of the European Union (EU) administration. It provides answers to both how ‘federal relations’ and ‘confederal relations’ affect the organization of the European Union seen from the perspective of the public servant. The book provides answers to the following questions: How and to what extent is the EU organized as ‘federalist’ or ‘confederalist’, and what is the significance for the legitimacy and effectiveness of the administration? The book further provides general characteristics of the cooperation in the European Union as well as its historical origins, and it presents a range of concepts and theoretical elements which are used in the analysis of the administration of the EU. It discusses the position of the EU administration as a hybrid between international organizations such as the UN and national administrations such as the French or the British.

Keywords: European Union (EU) administration; federalist; international organizations; public servant



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