When do national administrations adapt to EU policies? Variation in Denmark and Greece

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This article joins the Europeanization studies and examines the administrative adaptation to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), a highly institutionalized and regulated policy, in two small older member states, Denmark and Greece. The findings demonstrate variation in administrative adaptation. In Denmark, both formal and informal administrative structures adapt to CAP, while in Greece administrative adaptation is limited to formal structures. This variation is attributed to two dimensions of the domestic institutional and organizational settings, namely “centralization” and “professionalism.” The comparative analysis provides an in-depth understanding of the administrative differences between North and South—a cleavage that became prominent during the Eurozone crisis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)104-115
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Europeanization
  • administrative adaptation
  • centralization
  • professionalism

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