Silent professionalization: EU integration and the professional socialization of public officials in Central and Eastern Europe

Meyer-Sahling, Jan-Hinrik and Lowe, Will and van Stolk, Christian (2016) Silent professionalization: EU integration and the professional socialization of public officials in Central and Eastern Europe. European Union Politics, 17 (1). pp. 162-183. ISSN 1741-2757

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Abstract

This paper applies theories of international socialization to examine the impact of European Union contact on the professional socialization of public officials in Central and Eastern Europe. Based on a survey of officials in seven new member states, the paper finds that daily work on European Union issues is associated with favourable attitudes towards merit-based civil service governance. The distinction between types of European Union contact shows that officials dealing with ‘reception’-related European Union activities such as the transposition and implementation of European Union policies develop more meritocratic attitudes. By contrast, ‘projection’-related activities that involve personal contact with European Union officials have no effect. The paper concludes that the small but consistent impact of European Union contact on professional socialization promotes the silent professionalization of public administration in Central and Eastern Europe.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2016 by SAGE Publications
Keywords: Attitude change, Central and Eastern Europe, Europeanization, Public administration, Socialization
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116515608270
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2016 07:37
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 09:14
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35750

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