The Unseen Hand: Unelected EU Legislators (Library of by Roger Scully, Rinus van Schendelen

By Roger Scully, Rinus van Schendelen

Who's relatively making european legislation and rules? officially, and in response to preferred debts, accountability lies with ecu politicians who're at once elected (MEPs) or in a roundabout way responsible to elected our bodies on the eu or nationwide point (council). In perform, even if, as this booklet indicates, issues may be very diverse. the true makers of eu laws and principles are usually unelected and much from the general public gaze. This e-book describes and evaluates the function of many such unseen lawmakers, together with fee officers, specialists from nationwide governments and firms, lobbyists, secretaries of the council and others.

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But since they are deeply divided and competitive, they can seldom fully score their interest and they have to compromise. The various functions can receive different evaluations, dependent on some higher value. For example, people preferring national sovereignty and thus opposing further EU integration will have negative feelings about the positive functions and, if hoping for some disintegration, may have positive ones about the negative functions. Most people, however, clearly support the positive functions of better participation, legitimacy and representation, even if these are seldom realised perfectly in practice.

15. van Schendelen, Machiavelli in Brussels: The Art of Lobbying the EU (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2002). 16. Egeberg, Transcending Intergovernmentalism? Identity and Role Perceptions of National Officials in EU Decision-Making’, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 6, No. 3 (1999), pp. , The Experience of Member State Officials in EU Committees’, Eipascope, Vol. 3 (2000), pp. 29–35. 17. ), Shaping European Law and Policy, pp. 25–38. 18. ), EU Committees, pp. 129–47. 19. ), EU Committees, pp.

39. Maher, ‘The Open Method as a New Mode of Governance, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 39, No. 4 (2001), pp. 719–46. 40. Hix, The Political System of the European Union (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999), p. 54. The In-Sourced Experts RINUS VAN SCHENDELEN Rinus van Schendelen is Professor in Political Science at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. FROM EXPERTISE DEFICIT TO SURPLUS The Commission, empowered by Treaty with the exclusive monopoly of drafting EU legislation, is clearly under-resourced and particularly understaffed.

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