The Political Accountability of EU and US Independent Regulatory Agencies


The Political Accountability of EU and US Independent Regulatory Agencies is an in-depth investigation on the law and practices of the political accountability arrangements of the 35 EU and 16 US independent agencies.
The comparative analysis demonstrates similarities between the political accountability arsenals and challenges to political oversight in the EU and the US. The greatest differences are revealed in the organization of the political accountability of independent agencies, i.e., ‘excessive diversity in the EU vs. uniformity in the US’, and the design of accountability obligations. Based on comparative insights, the book concludes with three recommendations on how the EU agencies’ political accountability could be adjusted in the ongoing reform on agencies’ creation and operation.

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Miroslava Scholten, Ph.D. (2014), Maastricht University, is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE) and a member of the Europa Institute at Utrecht University Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Her publications include the 2012 Europe Award winning article ‘Independent, hence Unaccountable? The Need for a Broader Debate on the Accountability of the Executive’ (Review of European Administrative Law, 2011).
"A special virtue of the book is its appeal to readers on several levels. It addresses doctrinal and theoretical issues sufficiently to satisfy seasoned academics without forgetting those pragmatic problems that are uppermost in the minds of practitioners or government officials. It is suitable for both the expert and the novice observer of the field. Although largely a law book, it will be understandable and useful to political scientists and public administrators."
-Gary J. Edles, University of Hull Law School
Policy-makers in the EU, academics and all other interested in the questions of governance, democracy, legitimacy and accountability of independent agencies
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