The Locus and Accountability of the Executive in the European Union

Paul Craig

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Locating executive power and determining the mechanisms by which it is held to account is important within any polity. It is seen that the legal and political reality is that executive power is shared within the European Union (EU). The Commission, the Council, and the European Council all exercise such power to varying degrees, and the manner of the division differs depending upon the particular type of executive power under consideration. The primary focus within the first half of this chapter is on the identification of different facets of executive power within the EU, and an analysis de jure and de facto as to how this power is shared between the primary players. Thereafter, the discussion in the second half of this chapter turns to the different techniques for securing accountability for the exercise of executive power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Executive and Public Law
Subtitle of host publicationPower and Accountability in Comparative Perspective
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191700361
ISBN (Print)9780199285594
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Accountability
  • Commission
  • Council
  • European union
  • Executive power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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