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"Quis Custodiet Custodes? The European Commission's Policy-Making Role and the Problem of Democratic Legitimacy"

Matlary, Janne Haaland. (1993) "Quis Custodiet Custodes? The European Commission's Policy-Making Role and the Problem of Democratic Legitimacy". In: UNSPECIFIED, Washington, DC. (Unpublished)

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    [From the Introduction]. In this paper I shall take the liberty of posing a number of questions without providing any comprehensive answers to them. The stress is on the need to problematize the issue of democratic legitimacy with regard to non-plesbiscitarian policy-makers. This essay is thus exploratory in its discussion of democratic norms, yet presents empirical evidence that is the result of a major inquiry over several years. (In the discussion of democratic theory I assume knowledge of the main themes and theories referred to, and I have therefore not foot-noted this section in a formal way, i.e. as would be necessary for an article to be published. The themes in this section are much less developed than in the empirical section, and represents my own very early stage of thinking about these questions after an absence from political theory as a discipline for more than ten years.) The following work order obtains: First I seek to delineate the theoretical implications of the general problem of the 'democratic deficit' and the Commission's role in this. Then I move to an empirical substantiation of my claim that the Commission plays important policy-making roles both formally and informally. In the third and last section I discuss if and how these roles can be justified according to various democratic norms.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > legitimacy
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1993 (3rd), May 27-29, 1993
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2007
    Page Range: p. 25
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:46

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