Christoph Knill's book analyses the impact of European policies on national administrations. Under which conditions can we expect domestic change, particularly the convergence of administrative styles and structures? How can we explain national patterns of administrative transformation in the context of Europeanisation? Knill's study is a comparative assessment of the factors influencing administrative adjustment to European policy demands in the member states. It addresses the topic from an innovative theoretical perspective, combining institution-based and agency-based approaches, and includes a detailed account of the administrative impact of EU environmental policy in Britain and Germany. The Europeanisation of National Administrations will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners in the fields of European studies, public administration and public policy, environmental politics, and European and administrative law.
• An analysis of the factors affecting administrative adjustment to European policy • Uses both institution-based and agency-based approaches • Both theoretical framework and empirical detail
List of tables; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Theoretical Frame of Reference and Analytical Approach: 1. The keywords: European integration, comparative administration and implementation; 2. An institutional approach to administrative change; 3. The analytical framework; Part II. Administrative Traditions in Germany and Britain: Opposing Patterns and Dynamics: 4. The institutional foundation of German and British administrative traditions; 5. Administrative reform capacity in Germany and Britain: autonomous versus instrumental administration; Part III. Domestic Change and Persistence: The Implementation of EU Environmental Policy: 6. The administrative implications of European environmental policy; 7. Germany: the constraints of a static core; 8. Britain: the opportunities of a dynamic core; Part IV. The Europeanisation of National Administrations: Comparative Assessment and General Conclusions: 9. Comparative assessment: the explanatory value of institutions; 10. Towards generalisation: different mechanisms of Europeanisation; References; Index.