Political Accountability and European Integration

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L. F. M. Verhey, Philipp Kiiver, Sandor Loeffen
Europa Law Publishing, 2009 - Political Science - 171 pages
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This volume addresses the future of political control and accountability in a European and comparative perspective. It is based on the contributions to an international conference hosted by the Montesquieu Institute (Center of European Parliamentary History and Constitutional Development) at Maastricht in March 2008. The conference concluded a larger research project that was devoted to identifying features of domestic constitutional law that could help develop a system of effective accountability for the European Union.
 

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Contents

A Ius Commune of Political Accountability 3 Understanding Accountability A Comparative Approach
3
The Research Framework 5 Reflecting on Political Accountability and European
5
Integration
6
A Key Concept Dawn Oliver
9
Good Governance
11
The Executive
12
The Concept of Accountability
14
Accountability to Elected Politicians
21
Subsidiarity as Political Principle
41
Other Countervailing Powers?
42
Parliamentary Procedure on Subsidiarity in The Netherlands
43
Strengthening National Parliaments
45
io Conclusions
46
Democracy versus Checks and Balances
51
Introduction
57
Focusing on the Quality of the Account
68

Accountability to the Public or Sections of the Public
23
Accountability to Courts and Tribunals
24
Accountability to Auditors Inspectors and Administrative Bodies
25
The Accountability of Accountees
28
io Some Conclusions
29
The Role of National Parliaments Checks and Balances between the EU and the Member States Jit Peters
33
Introduction
35
The EverExpanding Competences of the Union
36
Yellow and Orange Cards
38
The Constitutional Position of National Parliaments
39
Do National Parliaments Exist?
40
Politicians Bureaucrats and the Reinvention of
91
The European Commission in the Early 21st Century
109
chapter n Some Remarks Concerning Commissioners Collective
115
Introduction
127
Concluding Remarks
133
The Absence of a Grand Institutional Reform
139
Greater Visibility of EU Executive Power?
148
The UK
156
c Accountability for the Exercise of Executive Power
163
The EU
165
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