Ever closer administrative institutions? Impacts of the European Union on national decision-making processes
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Original versionKuhn, N. S. B. (2020). Ever closer administrative institutions? Impacts of the European Union on national decision-making processes (Doctoral thesis). University of Agder, Kristiansand.
Faced with a variety of unprecedented societal challenges such as terrorism, climate change, and pandemics, the traditional epicentre of decision-making - the nation-state - is increasingly reliant on its bureaucratic supplement, the administrative state, to ensure viable, long-term solutions. Concomitantly, as the world grows closer, so do national administrative institutions by frequently engaging in policy-making both within and across levels of government. Consequently, public policy is initiated, shaped, and implemented at the intersection of national and international levels of government. National administrations, particularly national agencies, serve as administrative bridges between international and national politics and contribute to coordinate policy agendas and outcomes. At the abstract level, this has been conveyed as the emergence of common political orders and has given rise to a (re-) new(ed) set of questions: how can we conceptualize and explain political orders? What are the mechanisms and consequences of integration of states and their administrations? To what extent do new patterns of multilevel cooperation supplement or challenge the nation-state? This Ph.D. thesis confronts these questions by addressing the impact of organizational factors in the public governance process. The theoretical point of departure examines the explanatory power of organizational characteristics to account for how integration impacts public governance and political orders more generally. The study thus aims to contribute to organizational scholarship more broadly by testing and building on established causal relationships. The empirical impetus for this project lies in the institutional interconnectedness that characterizes public administrations. Specifically, the study investigates how the supranational locus for policy-making integrates into domestic structures. The study thus follows in the footsteps of established scholarly approaches focusing on the national-supranational nexus and adopts two classical questions: (i) how do organizational factors affect governance processes generally, and (ii) how do supranational institutions influence decision-making processes within domestic public administration particularly? Methodologically, the study is quantitatively driven (large-N questionnaire data) supplemented with qualitative data (semistructured interviews).
Has partsPaper I: Kühn, N. & Trondal, J. (2018). European integration and the administrative state. A longitudinal study on self-reinforcing administrative bias. Journal of European Public Policy, 26(9), 1373-1394. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2018.1520913. Author´s accepted manuscript. Full-text is available in AURA as a separate file: http://hdl.handle.net/11250/2570365.
Paper II: Kühn, N. (Forthcoming). Secondary, but not second-tier: The differentiated impact of organizational affiliations. Manuscript. Full-text is not available in AURA as a separate file.
Paper III: Kühn, N. (Forthcoming). Institutional overlaps and agency autonomy: Examining ministerial influence on national agencies’ EU affairs. Manuscript. Full-text is not available in AURA as a separate file.