The Theory and Practice of EU Agency Autonomy and Accountability: Early Day Expectations, Today's Realities and Future Perspectives
To be published in: M. Everson, C. Monda and E. Vos (eds.), European Agencies in between Institutions and Member States, Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International, Forthcoming
33 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 15, 2013
In this paper, we address the perennial challenge that underlies the governance of European Union agencies – as well as rendering it an inherently political issue: the balance between the autonomy of agencies, arguably the crucial ingredient for the effective operation of this model, and the accountability they must render, critical to their legitimacy (and that of the EU more generally). We trace how, across the board, the autonomy and accountability of EU agencies has developed, to what extent early expectations have been matched or challenges have arisen.
Keywords: Autonomy, accountability, control, effectiveness, European Union agencies, governance, independence, legitimacy, regulation
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