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Independence and Legitimacy in the Institutional System of the European Union

Edited by: Dominique Ritleng

ISBN13: 9780198769798
Published: February 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00



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As EU non-majoritarian bodies such as the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Central Bank grow in political influence, many have identified the pressing need to keep these bodies accountable to the repositories of the EU's democratic legitimacy.

This collection of essays sheds light on the inherent tension between independence and legitimacy in the EU's institutional system and explores the options of reconciling the two. Featuring analysis from both legal and political perspectives, the volume assesses whether, to what extent, and how it is possible to control the various EU independent bodies and make them answerable for what they do, while at the same time upholding their independence.

Subjects:
EU Law
Contents:
Introduction
1. Lost in Transition: The European Commission between Intergovernmentalism and Integration
2. The Politics of Delegation in the European Union
3. The Independence and Legitimacy of the European Court of Justice
4. The Independence of the European Central Bank and Its Banking Supervisory Competences
5. Independence, Interdependence and Legitimacy: The EU Commission, National Competition Authorities, and the European Competition Network
6. EU Agencies and Independence