Executive Power in the European Union: Law, Practice, and Constitutionalism

Paperback | November 2, 2009

byDeirdre Curtin

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The picture of Brussels-based bureaucrats exercising wide-ranging, arbitrary executive powers with no accountability is one of the favourite images conjured by Eurosceptics across the political spectrum. What truth is there in the image? This book aims to bring the EU's executive powersout of the shadows by mapping the evolution and current form of the EU's various executive actors, their powers, and the mechanisms for holding them accountable. In doing so it provides a rich understanding of the way in which the EU's institutional and legal framework fits within nationalconstitutional presumptions about how power should be controlled and accountability achieved.Covering both the political executive and the administrative executive at the EU institutional level, the book analyses their relationship with national executive power, and traces the historical evolution of executive order in Europe from the Peace of Westphalia through classic inter-governmentalorganizations to the allegedly unique EU framework. The book's analysis covers both the formal legal structure of the Union and the evolution of the EU's living institutions in practice. The picture presented is of a fragmented, cluttered and complex European executive space, resistant to radicalconstitutional reform and in need of a more nuanced understanding of the different forms of executive power required by different political aims and modes of decision-making.

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The picture of Brussels-based bureaucrats exercising wide-ranging, arbitrary executive powers with no accountability is one of the favourite images conjured by Eurosceptics across the political spectrum. What truth is there in the image? This book aims to bring the EU's executive powersout of the shadows by mapping the evolution an...

Deirdre Curtin is Professor of International and European Governance at the Utrecht School of Governance, University of Utrecht and Professor of European Law at the University of Amsterdam (since 2008). Previously she held the Chair of the Law of International Organisations at the Law Faculty in Utrecht (1992-2002) She is a member of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199264090

ISBN - 13:9780199264094

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Table of Contents

I Executive and Legal Order1. Framing Europe's Accumulated Executive Order2. EU Constitutional Executive OrderII Delegation of Powers and Beyond3. Fringe and Core Commission Executive4. Chameleonic Council of Ministers5. Satellite Committees and AgenciesIII A Sedimentary Constitution6. Sedimentary Processes of Constitutionalism7. Transparent Executive8. Reasoned Executive9. Some Conclusions