The resignation of the College of Commissioners in 1999 triggered the drafting and implementation of a White Paper entitled 'Reforming the Commission' which listed 98 measures to overhaul the ways the Commission did business. Ten years later, the time has come to ask what impact the reforms instigated by Neil Kinnock have had on the European Commission and the wider Euroepan governance.
Using a historical institutionalist approach to analyse the administartive construction of the Commsision ebtween 1950 and 2010, Reforming the European Commission focuses on the implementation of New Public Management-based measures and their institutional impact. It traces the design, negotiation and implementation of the reforms through a study of primary documents and semi-structured interviews with key actors of change. Through case studies of the Secretariat-General, DG REGIO and DG TREN, the book delivers an assessment of the nature, degree and dynamics of the institutional change which the Commission has undergone, and its impact on its internal governance.