Eurocrats and organizational change: Worrying about careers
In the early 2000s, the European Commission underwent the largest organizational reform in its history. In the current issue of Governance, Michael Bauer of Humboldt University in Berlin examines how EC bureaucrats reacted to the changes. Bauer concludes that the national origins or ideological predispositions of bureaucrats are not the most important determinants of their response to change. “European civil servants follow a logic of utility maximization,” Bauer concludes. “Intensive administrative change is tolerated as long as the calculable consequences” for a bureaucrat’s career remain small. Read the article.