This chapter sets the background of the discussions presented in the chapters contained in this book. It presents the rationale behind the writing of the book and the specific focus of each chapter. This book aims to give accountability a proper place in the debate over European democracy and democratic deficit, dominated by the concepts of legitimacy and sovereignty. It originated as a set of lectures given at the European University Institute in Florence for the Academy of Law in July 2000, and developed around three institutional studies of legislatures, courts, and audit systems. Focus is given to the role of the European Court of Justice in building a European legal system, but also on the principles of procedural due process.
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