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The political commissioner, a European ethnography, Frédéric Mérand - paper

This book develops a sociology of international political work, based on four years of embedded observation inside the cabinet of a European Commissioner
Table Of Contents
Cover -- The Political Commissioner: A European Ethnography -- Copyright -- Acknowledgments -- Contents -- List of figures -- Introduction -- Jean-Claude Juncker's gamble -- The most political commissioner of the political Commission? -- Political work under constraint -- Political work and its effects -- The art of politics -- Notes -- 1: The Moscos -- The Brussels cabinet -- The cabinet meeting -- A week in the life of the French cabinet -- The boss -- The staff -- The Brussels people -- The Parisians -- Esprit de corps -- Methodology for an ethnographic narrative -- Notes -- 2: Facing Varoufakis: Greece, 2009-2015 -- From improvisation to exhaustion (2009-14) -- Enter the troika -- The second program -- To cut or to reform? -- All quiet on the Greek front? -- The winter of chaos -- A misunderstanding -- Referendum betrayed -- The Varoufakis story -- An alternative within the program? -- Notes -- 3: "We have to build a success story": Greece, 2015-2019 -- Between Athens, Berlin, and Washington -- What reforms? -- Good cop, bad cop -- The conflict with the IMF -- Is a political approach credible? -- A second review that goes on and on -- Compromise over a meal -- Toward exit -- The end of the program -- Toward normalization -- A fourth program under a new name? -- In Athens -- Visiting Tsipras -- Syntagma Square -- "So you wanted to see a commissioner who does politics? There you have it!" -- Notes -- 4: A socialist, French commissioner -- From French politician to European commissioner -- The first test -- "Because it is France" -- Bercy's liability -- "Europe in the Berlaymont press room: that's what killed it" -- The last French socialist? -- Hollande and Macron -- The first European socialist? -- The battle of the Spitzenkandidaten -- "Being a socialist is difficult" -- Notes
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