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(p. 123) Part 3 Institutions and Actors 

(p. 123) Part 3 Institutions and Actors
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Michelle Cini

and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán

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date: 20 March 2019

This chapter focuses on the European Commission, arguing that it is more productive to compare it to national executives or to a government than to a secretariat of a traditional international organization. It first provides an overview of the Commission’s functions within the European Union’s policy-making process, including agenda-setting, policy implementation, programme management, and external relations, and notes that the Commission plays a more limited role in foreign, security, and defence policy. The chapter proceeds by discussing the question of Commission influence and autonomy, along with the structure, demography, and decision behaviour within the Commission. It also describes committees and administrative networks that link the Commission to national administrations and interest groups, as well as the recent growth of EU agencies.

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