European Agencies: Law and Practices of Accountability

Hardcover | March 24, 2013

byMadalina Busuioc

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European agencies have been created at a rapid pace in recent years in a multitude of highly pertinent and sensitive fields ranging from pharmaceuticals and aviation safety to chemicals or financial supervision. This agency phenomenon shows no signs of relenting, and the trend in recent yearsis towards the delegation of ever-broader powers. These bodies, meant to operate at arm's length from political control, have real power and their opinions and decisions can have a direct impact on individuals, regulators, and member states. Given the powers wielded by the agencies, who isresponsible for holding these non-majoritarian actors to account? Is the growing concern surrounding agency accountability "much ado about nothing" or are we faced with the threat of a powerful and unaccountable bureaucracy?These are precisely the questions that this book seeks to answer. It thus addresses one of the most relevant topics in current European governance: the accountability of European agencies. Scholars have increasingly called attention to the risk of placing too much power in the hands of suchagencies, which operate at arm's length from traditional controls and cannot easily be held accountable for their actions. Although this is a major issue of concern, systematic empirical research into the topic is lacking. This book addresses empirically whether, and if so on what counts, agencyaccountability is problematic. It examines how the accountability system of European agencies operates at both the de jure as well as the de facto level, through an examination of legal provisions, relevant case law as well as policy documents and extensive interview material. Reflecting on thesefindings, the book also offers important theoretical insights for our understanding and study of accountability in a complex regulatory regime such as the EU context. The book follows a multi-disciplinary approach and is at the cutting edge of law and public administration.

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European agencies have been created at a rapid pace in recent years in a multitude of highly pertinent and sensitive fields ranging from pharmaceuticals and aviation safety to chemicals or financial supervision. This agency phenomenon shows no signs of relenting, and the trend in recent yearsis towards the delegation of ever-broader po...

Madalina Busuioc is an Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam Centre of European Law, where she has worked since 2009. She received her doctorate from Utrecht University in 2009 (cum laude). She has published both in law and public administration and is the author of numerous international book contributions as well as articles in journa...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199699291

ISBN - 13:9780199699292

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Table of Contents

1. In Search of Agency Accountability2. Introducing European Agencies3. Accountability: From Elusive 'Buzzword' to Clear-Cut Concept4. Methodology: Behind the Research Scenes5. Managerial Accountability: Too Much Board, too Little Management6. Political Accountability: A Patchy Picture7. Financial Accountability: More than Just Number Crunching8. (Quasi-) Judicial Accountability: Life Within and Beyond Legality9. Agency Accountability: Between Deficits and OverloadsBibliography