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Changing Rules of Delegation: A Contest for Power in Comitology

Adrienne Héritier, Catherine Moury, Carina S. Bischoff, and Carl Fredrik Bergström


With each legislative issue, legislators have to decide whether to delegate decision-making to the executive and/or to expert bodies in order to flesh out the details of this legislation, or, alternatively, to spell out all aspects of this decision in legislation proper. The reasons why to delegate have been of prime interest to political science. The debate has concentrated on principal-agent theory to explain why politicians delegate decision-making to bureaucrats, to independent regulatory agencies and to others actors and how to control these agents. By contrast, our research focuses on th ... More

Keywords: delegated legislation, european parliament, power distribution, comitology, commission, council of ministers, linked arenas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrienne Héritier, author
Professor of Political Science, European University Institute, Florence

Catherine Moury, author
Assistant Professor, Universidade Nova (Lisbon)

Carina S. Bischoff, author
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen