Intergovernmentalists in the Commission: Foxes in the Henhouse?

Renaud Dehousse, Andrew Thompson

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Contrary to the dominant view in the scholarly literature on European institutions, where the European Commission is generally described as a unitary actor whose acts are primarily influenced by a political agenda and/or considerations of self-interest, this article argues that a variety of opinions coexist within the Commission staff. Based on the largest attitudinal survey ever conducted on Commission officials, it documents the existence of a sizeable minority of intergovernmentalists and analyzes their attitude towards the institution they serve and their views on its place in the integration process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-132
JournalJournal of European Integration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • commission
  • community method
  • supranationalism
  • intergovernmentalism


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