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Zuzana Murdoch disputerer for ph.d-graden i statsvitenskap onsdag 19. mars 2014.

Zuzana Murdoch

Zuzana Murdoch disputerer for ph.d-graden ved Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap med avhandlingen "Utility, Affinity, Traditions: Bureaucratic Decision-Making in the European Administrative Space" - om "“Bureaucratic decision-making in European Institutions.”

Hun har fulgt doktorgradsprogrammet ved Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap, med spesialisering i offentlig politikk og ledelse ("Public Administration".

Slik beskriver kandidaten selv essensen i avhandlingen:

Utility, Affinity, Traditions:

Bureaucratic Decision-Making in the European Administrative Space

Although the first international organisations (IOs) were already established in the course of the 19th century, their number as well as the number of international officials working within them has risen particularly markedly since WWII. This dissertation seeks to further develop our understanding of the internal workings of IOs in four independent, but closely related chapters.

In the first part of my dissertation, I study the (self-perceived) behavioural patterns of a particular subset of international bureaucratic staff, i.e. seconded national experts (SNEs). The results indicate that SNEs generally become strongly embedded into the Commission and do not serve several masters. From a practical perspective, these findings challenge oft-repeated claims than SNEs act a ‘Trojan horses’ sneaking member-state opinions into Commission’s policy decisions. I also show that instrumental cost-benefit calculation and cognitive role-playing often simultaneously influence SNEs’ (perceptions of their) behaviour. This generalizes existing research that commonly concentrates on one of both aspects.

In the second part of my dissertation, I analyse changes in the organisational structure of IOs, which can be used to affect ensuing decision-making processes. Based on evidence from the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS), I first of all show that intra-institutional coordination is key to successful inter-institutional negotiations. I also highlight the central role of interpretative efforts for processes of organisational change. Negotiating power can arise from interpreting other’s positions in a favourable way.



Kandidaten: Zuzana Mursdoch var KD-stipendiat ved UiA, og arbeider nå ved Universitett i Bremen i Tyskland.


Prøveforelesning og disputas finner sted i UiA Campus Kristiansand, Auditorium H1 058  i Eilert Sunds hus.

Dekan Sigbjørn Sødal leder disputasen


Tid for prøveforelesning: Onsdag 19. mars kl 10:15

Oppgitt emne for prøveforelesning: "What can organization theory learn from EU-studies?"


Tid for disputas: Onsdag 19. mars kl 12:15

Tittel på avhandling: "Utility, Affinity, Traditions: Bureaucratic Decision-Making in the European Administrative Space". Les avhandlingen i AURA - Agder University Research Archive, som er et digitalt arkiv for vitenskapelige artikler, avhandlinger og masteroppgaver fra ansatte og studenter ved Universitetet i Agder.



Førsteopponent: Professor Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark  

Annenopponent: Professor Michael W. Bauer, Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer, Germany

Bedømmelseskomitéen har vært ledet av professor Dag Ingvar Jacobsen, Institutt for statsvitenskap og ledelsesfag, Universitetet i Agder


Veileder i doktorgradsarbeidet var professor Jarle Trondal, UiA



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