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Accountability in the European Union

Carol Harlow


This work approaches the issue of democratic deficit from the angle of accountability, seen in contemporary society as an essential element of democratic government. It looks at differing understandings of the concept in the Member States and at various techniques — political, legal, and managerial — by which accountability can be assured. These include the Parliament as well as national parliaments but extend to less familiar institutions, such as the European Court of Auditors.

Keywords: democratic deficit, accountability, democratic government, Member States, Parliament, European Court of Auditors, national parliaments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245970
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Harlow, author
Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science