Examines accountability in the European Union from different perspectives. This book considers whether EU citizens have real opportunities for holding decision-makers accountable.
This book brings accountability in the EU from different perspectives and examines whether EU citizens have real opportunities for holding decision-makers accountable, or whether the current institutional set-up of the EU merely creates an illusion of accountability. This volume reviews the debates and analyzes the prospects of accountability according by looking into different aspects of the EU polity and concludes that current mechanisms for accountability are seriously flawed. The authors examine: EU accountability in relation to the institutional structure and in comparison with other international organizations; the chains of delegation from national governments to supranational level, the extensive use of independent agencies and technocratic expertise; the current constitutional reform process; the openness and transparency of EU institutions and decision processes; and, delegated authorities within different policy areas.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.
Preface Notes on contributors 1: Examining the illusion of accountability - Sverker Gustavsson, Christer Karlsson and Thomas Persson 2: Accountability in world politics - Robert O. Keohane 3: Accountability and democracy - Heidrun Abromeit 4: Putting limits on accountability avoidance - Sverker Gustavsson 5: Irretrievable powers and democratic accountability - Hans Agne 6: EU treaty reform and accountability - Christer Karlsson 7: Delegation to the permanent representation and mechanisms of accountability - Thomas Larue 8: European intelligence cooperation and accountability - Thorsten Wetzling 9: Executive power and accountability in the European Union - Jonas Tallberg 10: The European Central Bank -- independent and accountable? - Daniel Naurin 11: Civil society participation and accountability - Thomas Persson 12: Improving accountability in the European Union -- the potential role of NGOs - Louisa Parks 13: Taking accountability seriously - Sverker Gustavsson, Christer Karlsson and Thomas Persson Bibliography