Aida Halilovic, “Partition or partnership? The role of EU agencies in shaping different models of shared administration in the European Union”
With the administrative turn in EU studies, the phenomenon of shared administration received growing scholarly attention. Nonetheless, the complexity of the phenomenon and its fast-evolving nature resulted in vague and at times conflicting conceptualizations.
In dialogue with EU law, specialized administrative law, political science, and public administration scholarship, this paper offers a theoretical baseline for studying administrative integration in the EU. By differentiating between two models of shared administration (a partition model and a partnership model), the paper captures the main differences found in existing scholarly analyses and attempts a new systematization.
The paper furthers the hypothesis that EU agencies, as institutionalized structures that coordinate administrative cooperation, can stimulate administrative integration across different policy areas. Depending on their mandate and structure, EU agencies are found to bear the potential to transform the EU political-administrative order (as the functioning of the political system and the traditions in discharging public policies) to the benefit of an increasingly integrated administration. However, the underlying competition between the national and supranational levels for control over the political-administrative order demands to recognize the dynamicity and variability of such transformation.
The paper can be accessed here.