Substantive Accountability in Europe’s New Economic Governance

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Publication Date 2023
ISBN 9781009228800
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The European Union (EU) has become an increasingly powerful economic actor but we lack research on how EU economic decision-makers can be held to account. This book argues that the EU suffers from important substantive accountability deficits i.e. while numerous procedures exist to hold institutions like the European Commission and European Central Bank (ECB) to account, there are few mechanisms to contest the merit and impact of economic decisions. The book combines detailed empirical research on how accountability practices are evolving across different fields of EU economic governance with a novel conceptual framework to assess where accountability deficits lie and how they might be addressed.

Table of Contents:

  • Part I - (Re)theorising Accountability in EMU
    • From Procedural to Substantive Accountability in EMU Governance | Adina Akbik & Mark Dawson
    • Reconsidering the Good of Improving Accountability | Roy L. Heidelberg
    • Markets as an Accountability Mechanism in EU Economic Governance | Armin Steinbach
    • The Case for Intra-executive Accountability in the Banking Union | Matthias Goldmann
  • Part II - Political Accountability
    • Democratic Accountability in the Banking Union. Is There Really a Gap? | Diane Fromage
    • The Political and Legal Accountability of the Eurogroup | Menelaos Markakis
    •  The Economic Dialogues with the Eurogroup. Substantive Accountability Claimed, but Unmet | Adina Akbik
    • Parliamentary Accountability of the Country-Specific Recommendations. Effectiveness and Substance | Tomasz P. Wozniakowski
  • Part III - Legal Accountability
    • Constructive Constitutional Conflict as an Accountability Device in Monetary Policy | Ana Bobić
    • Adjudicating Transnational Solidarity Conflicts. Can Courts Ban the Destructive Potential? | Anuscheh Farahat
    • Judicial Accountability of Financial Assistance in the Case of Eurozone Debtor Countries | Teresa Violante
    • Human Rights Accountability in European Financial Assistance | Anastasia Poulou
    • Constitutive Powers and Justification. The Duty to Give Reasons in EU Monetary Policy | Joana Mendes

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