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The Role of 'Experts' in International and European Decision Making Processes: Advisors, Decision Makers or Irrelevant Actors?

Edited by: Monika Ambrus, Karin Arts, Ellen Hey, Helena Raulus

ISBN13: 9781107074781
Published: August 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £82.00

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Experts are increasingly relied on in decision-making processes at international and European levels. Their involvement in those processes, however, is contested. This timely book on the role of 'experts' provides a broad-gauged analysis of the issues raised by their involvement in decision-making processes.

The chapters explore three main recurring themes: the rationales for involving experts and ensuing legitimacy problems; the individual and collective dimensions of expert involvement in decision making; and experts and politics and the politics of expertise.

With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners, they theorize the experts' involvement in general and address their role in the policy areas of environment, trade, human rights, migration, financial regulation, and agencification in the European Union.

Evidence, Public International Law, EU Law
1. The role of experts in international and European decision-making processes: setting the scene Monika Ambrus, Karin Arts, Ellen Hey and Helena Raulus

Part I. Theorizing Expert Involvement in International and European Decision-Making:
2. Ideas, experts and governance Peter M. Haas
3. The politics of expertise: applying paradoxes of scientific expertise to international law Wouter G. Werner
4. Reflections on the different roles of expertise in regulatory policy-making Lorna Schrefler
5. The virtues of expertise Jan Klabbers

Part II. Expert Involvement in International Decision-Making in the Environmental Sphere:
6. The role of scientific expertise in multilateral environmental agreements: influence and effectiveness Steinar Andresen
7. Changing demands at the science-policy interface: organisational learning in the IPCC Bernd Siebenhuner
8. Global scientific assessments and environmental resource governance: towards a science-policy interface ladder Joyeeta Gupta

Part III. Experts in the WTO and Risk Regulation:
9. The structural logic of expert participation in WTO decision-making processes Jessica Lawrence
10. Health risks, experts and decision making within the SPS Agreement and the Codex Alimentarius Alexia Herwig
11. The role of experts in environmental and health-related trade disputes in the WTO: deconstructing decision-making processes Lukasz Gruszczynski

Part IV. Experts in Human Rights Related Decision-Making Processes:
12. Human rights experts in the United Nations: a review of the role of UN special procedures Surya P. Subedi
13. 'Experts': the mantra of irregular migration and the reproduction of hierarchies Jeff Handmaker and Claudia Mora
14. Private carriers as experts in immigration control Sophie Scholten and Ashley Terlouw

Part V. Experts in Decision-Making Processes of the European Union:
15. The European system of financial supervision: a technology of expertise Michelle Everson
16. The role of experts and financial supervision in the European Union: the de Larosiere Commission Karim Knio
17. Expertise at the crossroads of national and international policy-making: a public management perspective Adriaan Schout and Jaap Sleifer
18. Blurred areas of responsibility: European agencies' scientific 'opinions' under scrutiny E. Madalina Busuioc.