Accountability and Legitimacy in the European Union

Paperback | December 1, 2002

EditorAnthony Arnull, Daniel Wincott

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The European Union's growing accountability deficit threatens to undermine its legitimacy. This was acknowledged by the Member States in Nice in February 2001. Recognising the need to improve 'the democratic legitimacy and transparency of the Union and its institutions', they agreed to launcha debate on the Union's future. At Laeken in December 2001, the Member States decided that the debate should be carried forward in a Convention comprising the main parties involved. The debate will start to crystallise in 2004, when negotiations on a new set of Treaty changes will begin. The outcome of those negotiations will profoundly affect the constitutional and political health of the Union as it confronts enlargement to the east and south and the challenges of the 21st century. However, the Union's accountability and legitimacy deficit is so deep-seated that it is unlikely tobe eradicated completely by the changes agreed. The issue will therefore remain high on the political agenda for the foreseeable future. The contributors to this interdisciplinary collection of essays consider various aspects of accountability and legitimacy in the European Union. How open shouldthe Union's decision-making be? What is the right balance between accountability and efficiency? Does the Union now need a formal constitution? How can respect for democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law in the Union best be ensured? These are just some of the questions explored in thisbook. It will be of interest to anyone concerned with the future of Europe, from students and academics to policy-makers, and journalists

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The European Union's growing accountability deficit threatens to undermine its legitimacy. This was acknowledged by the Member States in Nice in February 2001. Recognising the need to improve 'the democratic legitimacy and transparency of the Union and its institutions', they agreed to launcha debate on the Union's future. At Laeken in...

Anthony Arnull graduated from the University of Sussex in 1980 and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. From 1983-1989, he was a lecturer in law at the University of Leicester, where he was awarded his PhD in 1988. He was a Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice of the European Communities in the Chambers of Advocate General FG Jacobs f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:558 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.54 inPublished:December 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword by the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, Member, European CommissionList of contributorsList of abbreviations1. IntroductionPart I: Institutions and Decision-making2. Alan Dashwood: Issues of Decision-making in the European Union after Nice3. Adrian Hyde-Price: Decision-making under the Second Pillar4. Jorg Monar: Decision-Making in the Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice5. Peter Dyrberg: Accountability and Legitimacy: What is the Contribution of Transparency?6. John A Usher: Enhanced Cooperation or Flexibility in the Post-Nice Era7. Anand Menon and Stephen Weatherill: Legitimacy, Accountability, and Delegation in the European Union8. Laurence W Gormley: The Judicial Architecture of the European Union after Nice9. Fabian Amtenbrink: On the Legitimacy and Democratic Accountability of the European Central Bank: Legal Arrangements and Practical ExperiencesPart II: Constitutionalism and the Future of Europe10. Frank Vibert: The case for a Constitution for the Union11. Sophie Boyron: Drafting a Constitution for Europe: a Case of Too Many "Borders"?12. Grainne de Burca and Bruno de Witte: The Delimitation of Powers Between the EU and its Member States13. Nanette Neuwahl and Steven Wheatley: The EU and Democracy - Lawful and Legitimate Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States?14. Anthony Arnull: The Rule of Law in the European UnionPart III: Fundamental Rights and Social Rights15. Jeremy McBride: Protecting Fundamental Rights in Europe: a Legal Analysis16. FG Jacobs: The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights17. Evelyn Ellis: The Principle of Non-Discrimination in the Post-Nice Era18. Lothar Funk: Protecting Fundamental Rights and Social Rights: An Economic AnalysisPart IV: New Governance and the European Union19. Erika Szyszczak: Social Policy in the Post-Nice Era20. Ronald L Martin: EMU and Enlargement: Twin Threats to European Regional Cohesion?21. Andy W Mullineux and Cillian Ryan: EMU and the Lisbon Goals in an Enlarged European Union22. Daniel Wincott: The Governance White Paper, the Commission, and the Search for LegitimacyPart V: Enlargement and the Movement of People23. Christophe Hillion: The Enlargement of the European Union: A Legal Analysis24. Brigid Fowler: Legitimacy and Accountability in the EU Enlargement: Political Perspectives from the Candidate States25. Julian Lonbay: Free Movement of Persons in the European Union: The Legal Framework26. Judy Batt: Managing the EU's New External Border27. Fiorella Dell'Olio: Immigration after Nice: From 'Zero Immigration' to Market NecessityConcluding Remarks28. Daniel Wincott: National States, European Union, and Changing Dynamics in the Quest for LegitimacySelect BibliographyIndex

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`...this is a good and useful book that manages to present the huge case law of the ECJ in a comprehensible way.'Nikolaos Lavranos Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 2000 Vol.7 No.3