Challenging Executive Dominance in European Democracy

32 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2014

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Deirdre Curtin

European University Institute, Department of Law, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

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Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

Executive dominance in the contemporary EU is part of a wider migration of executive power towards types of decision making that eschew electoral accountability and popular democratic control. This democratic gap is fed by far‐going secrecy arrangements and practices exercised in a concerted fashion by the various executive actors at different levels of governance and resulting in the blacking out of crucial information and documents – even for parliaments. Beyond a deconstruction exercise on the nature and location of EU executive power and secretive working practices, this article focuses on the challenges facing parliaments in particular. It seeks to reconstruct a more pro‐active and networked role of parliaments – both national and European – as countervailing power. In this vision parliaments must assert themselves in a manner that is true to their role in the political system and that is not dictated by government at any level.

Keywords: European Union, executive power, representative democracy, secrecy, parliaments, co‐operation

Suggested Citation

Curtin, Deirdre M., Challenging Executive Dominance in European Democracy (January 2014). The Modern Law Review, Vol. 77, Issue 1, pp. 1-32, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2374204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12054

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