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The new EU economic governance: what about accountability?

Frank Naert (UGent)
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The euro crisis marked the start of the so-called 'new EU economic governance'. This new economic governance brings along different kinds of changes in the status of decision-making actors. Some of these changes involve power shifts, which can be categorized as either vertical or horizontal. Vertical power shifts transfer powers between different levels of government, usually from the national level to the European level. Horizontal power shifts transfer powers away from discretionary decision-making by governments to independent institutions. In other cases discretionary decision-making is restricted by the imposition of policy rules. The point to be made in this paper is that the accountability problems involved have a very different character depending on the kind of power change. This paper focuses on these distinctive accountability problems and finds that overall accountability came out harmed from the implementation process of the new economic governance.
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economic governance, accountability, discretion, rules, MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE, DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT, DELEGATION, NETWORK, CRISIS, EU

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Naert, Frank. 2016. “The New EU Economic Governance: What About Accountability?” International Review of Administrative Sciences 82 (4): 638–655.
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Naert, F. (2016). The new EU economic governance: what about accountability? INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES, 82(4), 638–655.
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Naert F. The new EU economic governance: what about accountability? INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES. 2016;82(4):638–55.
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Naert, Frank. “The New EU Economic Governance: What About Accountability?” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES 82.4 (2016): 638–655. Print.
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  abstract     = {The euro crisis marked the start of the so-called 'new EU economic governance'. This new economic governance brings along different kinds of changes in the status of decision-making actors. Some of these changes involve power shifts, which can be categorized as either vertical or horizontal. Vertical power shifts transfer powers between different levels of government, usually from the national level to the European level. Horizontal power shifts transfer powers away from discretionary decision-making by governments to independent institutions. In other cases discretionary decision-making is restricted by the imposition of policy rules. 
The point to be made in this paper is that the accountability problems involved have a very different character depending on the kind of power change. 
This paper focuses on these distinctive accountability problems and finds that overall accountability came out harmed from the implementation process of the new economic governance.},
  author       = {Naert, Frank},
  issn         = {0020-8523 },
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES},
  keyword      = {economic governance,accountability,discretion,rules,MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE,DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT,DELEGATION,NETWORK,CRISIS,EU},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {638--655},
  title        = {The new EU economic governance: what about accountability?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020852315607954},
  volume       = {82},
  year         = {2016},
}

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