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The european capital of members and High civil servants of the Commission

Didier Georgakakis

This presentation will give a picture of the structure of positions within the European Commission and its transformation. This analysis will be founded by a prosoppographical analysis (collective biographies) of Commissioners and Directors General profiles since 1958 proceeding from a data basis built within the European Political Sociology Group of Strasbourg (CNRS). In doing so, it will point out the growing socio-morphological gap between Commissioners and High civil servants, particularly around a cleavage between permanents (and European capital owners) and occasionals, and explain some recent events observed by scholars, such as the Verheugen affair or the bad perception of the administrative reform (Ellinas, Suleiman, 2008).

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