Conceptual Framework for the Project Separation of Powers for 21st Century Europe (SepaRope)

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2021-06

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance Research Paper No. 2021-01

24 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2021

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Christina Eckes

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Päivi Leino

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law

Anna Wallerman Ghavanini

University of Gothenburg - Department of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2021

Abstract

The SepaRope project aims to provide an understanding of how the different branches of government, from different levels of governance, co-determine each other’s powers within the EU. The project takes inspiration from Christoph Möllers’ conceptualisation of separation of powers derived from individual and collective self-determination as the central element of the justification of public authority. We build on this and aim to identify how the interactions between different branches within the EU contribute to or hinder democratic will-formation, and manage or fail to control the exercise of public power.

Keywords: Separation of powers, governance, justification, democracy, control, public power, autonomy, legitimacy, accountability

JEL Classification: K33, K4

Suggested Citation

Eckes, Christina and Leino-Sandberg, Päivi and Wallerman Ghavanini, Anna, Conceptual Framework for the Project Separation of Powers for 21st Century Europe (SepaRope) (February 1, 2021). Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2021-06, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance Research Paper No. 2021-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3777334 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3777334

Christina Eckes (Contact Author)

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

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Päivi Leino-Sandberg

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Helsinki, FIN-0001 4
Finland

Anna Wallerman Ghavanini

University of Gothenburg - Department of Law ( email )

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Göteborg
Sweden

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