WORKING FOR EUROPE? SOCIALIZATION IN THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND AGENCIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Article first published online: 18 APR 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Special Issue: Symposium: Understanding crises and transformations of welfare states: the role of ideas. Edited by Mikko Kuisma
Volume 91, Issue 4, pages 908–927, December 2013
How to Cite
SUVARIEROL, S., BUSUIOC, M. and GROENLEER, M. (2013), WORKING FOR EUROPE? SOCIALIZATION IN THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND AGENCIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. Public Administration, 91: 908–927. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2012.02100.x
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 18 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Received: 26 MAY 2011
The trend towards flexible career arrangements has not left EU institutions untouched, as is manifest in the growing reliance on temporary and part-time officials. How does the increasing career hybridity within and across EU institutions affect European socialization, i.e. the extent to which officials embody the spirit of ‘working for Europe’ and adopt supranational norms? We conceptualize European socialization as a mutually reinforcing process shaped by the interaction of officials with the institutions of which they are members. We argue that a focus on career arrangements provides a good starting point as these arrangements shape individuals' interaction with the organization. Consequently, they generate diverging socialization processes which lead to different socialization products. Our empirical insights are based on a study of different types of career arrangements within the European Commission bureaucracy and specialized and independent EU agencies through structured and semi-structured interviews and surveys with officials.