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The Emperor's New Clothes- A Study of the Leadership of the European Union

Brunsson, Erik LU (2009) STVM01 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis examines how the leadership of the European Union has developed over the years and what has caused these changes. The Commission and the Council will be the compared objects for this analysis.
The institutions are delegated unique powers in the executive politics but the leadership of the Union is formally largely unregulated, and is often described as shared between the two institutions. This balance has tilted back and forth over the history of the EU which has periodically raised the matter of a leadership deficit in the Union, not least in present time. Upcoming reforms, with a permanent President, are trying to overcome this disadvantage.
By conceptualising leadership, facilitated by established international relations... (More)
This thesis examines how the leadership of the European Union has developed over the years and what has caused these changes. The Commission and the Council will be the compared objects for this analysis.
The institutions are delegated unique powers in the executive politics but the leadership of the Union is formally largely unregulated, and is often described as shared between the two institutions. This balance has tilted back and forth over the history of the EU which has periodically raised the matter of a leadership deficit in the Union, not least in present time. Upcoming reforms, with a permanent President, are trying to overcome this disadvantage.
By conceptualising leadership, facilitated by established international relations theory, it will be shown that this deficit is only partly true. Instead there is substantial evidence revealing that the roles of the institutions have shifted. The entrepreneurship which used to be the leading tool of the Commission is increasingly being performed by the Presidency in the Council. Instead the Commission has become a dominant player, on equal level with the Member States, involved in inter-state bargaining. The visionary guidance and consistency in the leadership have, on the other hand, diminished in the transformation. (Less)
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author
Brunsson, Erik LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM01 20091
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
entrepreneurship, leadership, Commission, agenda-setting, Council
language
English
id
1361620
date added to LUP
2009-04-17 09:05:22
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2009-04-17 09:05:22
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines how the leadership of the European Union has developed over the years and what has caused these changes. The Commission and the Council will be the compared objects for this analysis.
The institutions are delegated unique powers in the executive politics but the leadership of the Union is formally largely unregulated, and is often described as shared between the two institutions. This balance has tilted back and forth over the history of the EU which has periodically raised the matter of a leadership deficit in the Union, not least in present time. Upcoming reforms, with a permanent President, are trying to overcome this disadvantage.
By conceptualising leadership, facilitated by established international relations theory, it will be shown that this deficit is only partly true. Instead there is substantial evidence revealing that the roles of the institutions have shifted. The entrepreneurship which used to be the leading tool of the Commission is increasingly being performed by the Presidency in the Council. Instead the Commission has become a dominant player, on equal level with the Member States, involved in inter-state bargaining. The visionary guidance and consistency in the leadership have, on the other hand, diminished in the transformation.},
  author       = {Brunsson, Erik},
  keyword      = {entrepreneurship,leadership,Commission,agenda-setting,Council},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Emperor's New Clothes- A Study of the Leadership of the European Union},
  year         = {2009},
}