The genuine international of european responsibility reports the findings of a huge empirical learn into styles and practices of responsibility in ecu governance. The made from a 4-year, path-breaking undertaking, this booklet assesses to what quantity and the way the folks that populate the main arenas the place ecu public coverage is made or applied are held liable. utilizing a scientific analytical framework, it examines not only the formal responsibility preparations but in addition records and compares how those function in perform. In doing so, it presents a distinct, empirically grounded contribution to the pivotal yet frequently remarkably fact-free debate approximately democracy and responsibility in eu governance.
With 4 empirical chapters masking the fee and its organizations, the ecu Council, and Comitology committees, it indicates that an internet of formal responsibility preparations has been woven round so much of them, yet that the level to which the appropriate responsibility boards really use the oversight chances provided to them varies markedly: a few boards lack the institutional assets, others the willingness. yet in these situations the place either are at the elevate, as within the eu Parliament's efforts vis a vis the eu fee, essentially fit responsibility relationships are constructing. even supposing ex-post responsibility is simply a part of the bigger equation making a choice on the democratic caliber of ecu governance, this research means that a minimum of during this zone, the european is slowly yet without doubt lowering its 'democratic deficit'.
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