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Controlling the EU Executive?: The Politics of Delegation in the European Union

Gijs Jan Brandsma and Jens Blom-Hansen


Every year the EU Commission issues thousands of rules based on powers delegated by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. But delegation is carefully controlled. Traditionally, control has been exerted through a system of committees of member state representatives (‘comitology’). However, this system was contested by the European Parliament which was left without any influence. The Lisbon Treaty introduced a new control regime for delegated powers, the so-called delegated acts system, which was meant to supplement the existing system. The new system involves direct control by t ... More

Keywords: EU, delegation, control, delegated acts, implementing acts, comitology, principal-agent theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767909
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198767909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gijs Jan Brandsma, author
Assistant Professor in European Union Politics and Administration, Utrecht University

Jens Blom-Hansen, author
Professor of Public Administration, Aarhus University