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The Regulatory State and its Legitimacy Problems. IHS Political Science Series No. 56, July 1998

Majone, Giandomenico. (1998) The Regulatory State and its Legitimacy Problems. IHS Political Science Series No. 56, July 1998. [Working Paper]

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    While the interventionist state was characterised by a high level of centralisation in administration and policy making, the regulatory state relies on extensive delegation of powers to independent institutions: regulatory agencies or commissions, but also the judiciary, which is becoming an increasingly active player in the regulatory game. Delegation of important policy-making powers to non-majoritarian institutions raises novel problems of democratic legitimacy. This paper argues that such problems should be tackled not by limiting the independence of the regulators, but by strengthening the accountability structure. Similar problems arise at the European level. Here, too, the correct solution is a better accountability structure rather than increased politicisation. The de-politicisation of European policy-making is a consequence of the fact that the large majority of Europe’s voters support far-reaching economic integration but oppose true political integration.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Agency independence.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > regulations/regulatory policies
    Countries > Germany
    Countries > Spain
    Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
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    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), Department of Political Science > IHS Political Science Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 15:59
    Number of Pages: 30
    Last Modified: 14 Sep 2011 15:59

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