Accountability and European Governance

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Publication Date 2011
ISBN 978-0-415-68880-2 (Hbk)
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In recent years there has been a considerable effort in some transnational organizations and institutions to confront a crisis of legitimacy by promising more accountability and openness. This volume takes as its central focus the role of accountability in democratic governance, and attempts to position a broad understanding of the notion of accountability within the overall context of the evolving political system of governance in Europe and in particular of the European Union. Bringing together new work by some of the leading scholars in the field, this volume considers the relationship between accountability and a wide range of other themes in European governance such as problems of representation, transparency, bureaucracy, and transnational relations. The volume also deals with the role of accountability in multi-level governance, and its relationship to both direct democracy and civil society.


1. Positioning Accountability in European Governance: An Introduction Deirdre Curtin, Peter Mair and Yannis Papadopoulos

2. Two Concepts of Accountability: Accountability as a Virtue and as a Mechanism Mark Bovens

3. Representation and Accountability: Communicating Tubes? Christopher Lord and Johannes Pollak

4. Accountability and Transparency: Siamese Twins, Matching Parts, Awkward Couple? Christopher Hood

5. Accountability as a Bureaucratic Minefield: Lessons from a Comparative Study Edward C. Page

6. Accountability and Multi-Level Governance: More Accountability, Less Democracy? Yannis Papadopoulos

7. Reflexive Accountability and Direct Democracy Alexander H. Trechsel

8. Meeting the Challenges of Representation and Accountability in Multi-party Governments Wolfgang C. Müller and Thomas M. Meyer

9. Political–Bureaucratic Accountability in the EU Commission: Modernising the Executive Anchrit Wille

10. How to Put Matters Right? Assessing the Role of Civil Society in EU Accountability Beate Kohler-Koch

11. Accountability in Transnational Relations: How Distinctive Is It? Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

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