Changing Rules of Delegation: A Contest for Power in Comitology

Hardcover | February 5, 2013

byAdrienne Heritier, Catherine Moury, Carina S. Bischoff

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With each legislative issue, legislators have to decide whether to delegate decision-making to the executive and/or to expert bodies in order to flesh out the details of this legislation, or, alternatively, to spell out all aspects of this decision in legislation proper. The reasons why todelegate have been of prime interest to political science. The debate has concentrated on principal-agent theory to explain why politicians delegate decision-making to bureaucrats, to independent regulatory agencies, and to others actors and how to control these agents. By contrast, Changing Rules of Delegation focuses on these questions: Which actors are empowered by delegation? Are executive actors empowered over legislative actors? How do legislative actors react to the loss of power? What opportunities are there to change the institutional rules governingdelegation in order to (re)gain institutional power and, with it influence over policy outcomes? The authors analyze the conditions and processes of change of the rules that delegate decision-making power to the Commission's implementing powers under comitology. Focusing on the role of the European Parliament the authors explain why the Commission, the Council, and increasingly the Parliament, delegated decision-making to the Commission. If they chose delegation, they still have to determine under which institutional rule comitology should operate. Theserules, too, distribute power unequally among actors and therefore raise the question of how they came about in the first place and whether and how the "losers" of a rule change seek to alter the rules at a later point in time.

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With each legislative issue, legislators have to decide whether to delegate decision-making to the executive and/or to expert bodies in order to flesh out the details of this legislation, or, alternatively, to spell out all aspects of this decision in legislation proper. The reasons why todelegate have been of prime interest to politic...

Adrienne Heritier's research and publications extend to theories of institutional change, institutional change in the European Union, comparative public policy, European policy making, Europeanization, regulation, and new modes of governance. Recent relevant publications are Explaining Institutional Change in Europe, Oxford University ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pagesPublished:February 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. European Legislation and Comitology: The Development of the Comitology System2. Theory and Hypotheses3. Changing the Rules of Comitology: More Competences for the Parliament4. Delegation Under the Lisbon Treaty5. Patterns and Trends In European Legislation and Delegation6. The Impact of Codecision on Comitology7. The Impact of the 1999 Comitology Decision8. ConclusionReferencesAppendix 1 The Data: Sources And ClassificationAppendix 2 Directory CodesAppendix 3 The Number of Laws Adopted In Policy Areas Per 5 YearsAppendix 4 The Average Number of Laws In Force In Policy Area Per 5 YearsAppendix 5 Directives and Regulations by Author Institution and Legal Basis