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The Real World of Eu Accountability - What Deficit? (Electronic book text)
The Real World of Eu Accountability - What Deficit? (Electronic book text): Bovens Mark, Curtin Deirdre, 'T Hart Paul

The Real World of Eu Accountability - What Deficit? (Electronic book text)

Bovens Mark, Curtin Deirdre, 'T Hart Paul

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The Real World of EU Accountability reports the findings of a major empirical study into patterns and practices of accountability in European governance. The product of a 4-year, path-breaking project, this book assesses to what extent and how the people that populate the key arenas where European public policy is made or implemented are held accountable. Using a systematic analytical framework, it examines not just the formal accountability arrangements but also documentsand compares how these operate in practice. In doing so, it provides a unique, empirically grounded contribution to the pivotal but often remarkably fact-free debate about democracy and accountability in European governance. With four empirical chapters covering the Commission and its agencies, the European Council, and Comitology committees, it shows that a web of formal accountability arrangements has been woven around most of them, but that the extent to which the relevant accountability forums actually use the oversight possibilities offered to them varies markedly: some forums lack the institutional resources, others the willingness. But in those cases where both are on the increase, as in the EuropeanParliament's efforts vis a vis the European Commission, fundamentally healthy accountability relationships are developing. Although ex-post accountability is only part of the larger equation determining the democratic quality of European governance, this study suggests that at least in this area, the EU isslowly but surely reducing its 'democratic deficit'.


Imprint: OUP Oxford
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2010
Editors: Bovens Mark • Curtin Deirdre • 'T Hart Paul
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 236
ISBN-13: 978-6612706196
Categories: Books > Law
Books > Law > International law
Books > Law > International law > General
LSN: 6612706198
Barcode: 9786612706196

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