27 August 2015 | ELG | News

Ben Crum and Deirdre Curtin publish book chapter on EU accountability

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Ben Crum, Scientific Co-Director of ACCESS EUROPE, and ACCESS EUROPE Theme Leader Deirdre Curtin have contributed a chapter to the book The European Union, Democratic Principles and Institutional Architectures in Times of Crisis (2015), edited by Simona Piattoni. The chapter focuses on the accountability of EU executive power.




"Accountability poses a particular challenge in the EU because of the fact that EU executive power has been dispersed across a wide range of actors, including national governments, the Commission, the European Council, the Council, the European Central Bank, and EU agencies. This challenge has become particularly acute in the context of the euro crisis; it directly raises the question of where the prime political responsibility is located as well as before which parliaments, and to which peoples, the decisions taken are to be justified. This chapter seeks to clarify the nature of democratic accountability in the EU, the challenges it faces, and the potential it has to develop further." (Crum & Curtin 2015:64)

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