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Governance and Constitutionalism: Law, Politics and Institutional Neutrality

Edited by: Bogdan Iancu

ISBN13: 9781138633674
Published: November 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This collection studies the rise of neutral bodies as a challenge to the constitutional paradigm of the nation state. Administrative entities such as commissions, agencies, councils, authorities or ‘independent agencies’ as they are sometimes known, are relatively autonomous from majoritarian democratic control and by their institutional design fall outside the classical triad of powers or branches of government. They may even fall outside the confines of the nation state itself as with the EU Commission.

The book is divided into theoretical-historical and empirical parts. Part I approaches the phenomenon through the rigorous normative conceptual lens of constitutionalism and constitutional law, questioning the implications of political neutrality on inherited normative categories, both at national and supranational level. Part II comprises case-studies reflecting the full spectrum of theoretical frameworks and concerns developed and explored by the theory-oriented chapters in the first part. The work explores a wide range of issues including the balance between autonomy, legitimacy and accountability, the taxonomy of agencies, the role and limits of expertise as a paramount justification for independence, ‘agentification’ as a result of internationalisation, and ‘agentification’ as a reflex and consequence of transnational polity-building within the EU.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Introduction - Bogdan Iancu and Elena Simina Tănăsescu
Part I Administrative Autonomy and Democracy
1. Government and Governance: The Constitutional Politics of Institutional Neutrality - Bogdan Iancu
2. The People, the Experts, and the Politicians: Is Expertise a Challenge to democratic Legitimacy? - Lucian Bojin
3. Rule of Lawyers or Rule of Law? On Constitutional Crisis and Rule of Law in Poland - Adam Czarnota
4. Agencification as European Union Acquis - Jacques Ziller
Part II Case Studies
5. The Impact of National Accountability Agencies on the EU - Elena Simina Tănăsescu
6. De-politicization by Europeanization: the emergence of the fragmented state in South Eastern Europe - Martin Mendelski
7. Hungary: Regulatory Bodies in an Illiberal Democracy - Attila Vincze
8. Independence by Law or by Practice? Taiwan’s National Communications Commission and Central Bank - Jiunn-rong Yeh and Wen-Chen Chang
9. The State Reform in Brazil: More of the Same? - Gilberto Bercovici
10. Implementation of Separation of Powers and Scope of Independence of Politically Neutral Organs in Russia - Sergei A. Belov
11. Independent Regulation in the Contemporary Italian Legal System - Giovanni Frazzica and Antonio La Spina
Afterword: The Need for Independent Regulatory Authorities in the Perspective of Contemporary Constitutionalism - Antonio La Spina