9780415480994

The Illusion of Accountability in The European Union

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415480994

  • ISBN10:

    041548099X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This book examines accountability in the EU from different perspectives and considers whether EU citizens have real opportunities for holding decision-makers accountable. This book critically analyses five arguments which claim there are sufficient means for holding decision-makers to account in the Union. The authors examine: The argument that we should rethink the meaning of accountability in the EU context The claim that there is no accountability deficit in the EU because member states have the power to retrieve all delegated competencies The assertion that EU citizens have effective mechanisms for holding those responsible for legislative decision-making to account The contention that the arrangements that obtain at present for holding the executive power in the EU to account are acceptable The belief that the involvement of organised civil society can work as an alternative to traditional forms of accountability The main conclusion is that the current institutional set-up and practice of decision-making in the EU is one that merely creates an illusion of accountability. Using a strict framework focusing on the difference between formal mechanisms and actual opportunities for accountability, this highly coherent volume will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, especially those interested in the democratic foundations of the European political system.

Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on contributors
Examining the illusion of accountability - Sverker Gustavsson
Accountability in world politics
Accountability and democracy
Putting limits on accountability avoidance
Irretrievable powers and democratic accountability
EU treaty reform and accountability
Delegation to the permanent representation and mechanisms of accountability
European intelligence cooperation and accountability
Executive power and accountability in the European Union
The European Central Bank - independent and accountable?
Civil society participation and accountability
Improving accountability in the European Union - the potential role of NGOs
Taking accountability seriously - Sverker Gustavsson
Bibliography
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