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Executive Power of the European Union: Law, Practices, and the Living Constitution

Deirdre Curtin


The picture of Brussels-based bureaucrats exercising wide-ranging, arbitrary executive powers with no accountability is one of the favourite images conjured by Eurosceptics across the political spectrum. What truth is there in the image? This book aims to bring the EU's executive powers out of the shadows by mapping the evolution and current form of the EU's various executive actors, their powers, and the mechanisms for holding them accountable. In doing so it provides a rich understanding of the way in which the EU's institutional and legal framework fits within national constitutional presum ... More

Keywords: Eurosceptics, EU framework, Peace of Westphalia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deirdre Curtin, author
Professor of European Law, University of Amsterdam and Professor of International and European Governance, University of Utrecht