Myth #4: ‘‘The Commission's political and administrative leadership is weak'
Finding #4: ‘Under Barroso, the Commission Presidency has become increasingly powerful, due partly to the new role given to the Secretariat General'

The research team collected primary source material as follows:

  • An online survey, ‘The Commission of the 21st Century: views from the inside', administered September to November 2008, in English-, French- and German- language versions
  • the survey was administered to AD officials in policy-related DGs (N=31) only
  • the target sample was 4621, weighted to reflect population distributions (the total population in Brussels and Luxembourg in September 2008 was 14,730)
  • the achieved sample comprising Cabinet members (N=54), Senior Managers (N=114), Advisors or Assistants to Directors General (N=81), Middle Managers (N=429), non-manager Administrators (N=1149), Others/prefer not to say (N=74)
  • following iterative proportional fitting due to access to marginal distributions of sub-populations, the overall N dropped to 1820
  • Follow up interviews (structured) with 60 of the 124 volunteers from the online survey conducted in March 2009
  • Follow up interviews (structured, with customised questionnaire templates for each target sample) conducted September to November 2009 (see List of Interviews)
  • Commissioners (N=5)
  • Chefs de cabinet and other members of cabinets (N=28)
  • Senior managers (Directors General N=15; deputy Directors General N=3; Directors N=21)
  • A random sample of middle managers (N=77)