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Accountability in EU Security and DefenceThe Law and Practice of Peacebuilding$
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Carolyn Moser

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198844815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198844815.001.0001

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Accountability for EU Peacebuilding Missions

Accountability for EU Peacebuilding Missions

(p.1) 1 Accountability for EU Peacebuilding Missions
Accountability in EU Security and Defence

Carolyn Moser

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a brief introduction to accountability in the context of the EU’s peacebuilding activities. It first sketches out the institutional and operational scope of EU civilian crisis management (ie peacebuilding activities under the CSDP) and then unveils the central problématique of the book, namely that EU peacebuilding realities no longer correspond to the codified intergovernmental blueprint, so that missions take place in a Europeanized set-up. This de jure–de facto discrepancy, in turn, raises governance issues. From here, the chapter shows, based on insights from peacebuilding practice, that dysfunctional accountability arrangements are not an isolated phenomenon but constitute a common thread across EU civilian crisis management. It argues that the intricate Europeanized governance set-up of civilian CSDP facilitates an accountability deficit. Prior to outlining the structure of the book, the chapter explains how this interdisciplinary study of accountability in civilian CSDP enriches the existing corpus of academic literature.

Keywords:   EU peacebuilding, EU civilian crisis management, Common Security and Defence Policy, Accountability, EULEX Kosovo, Europeanized intergovernmentalism, Concealed agencification, Executive governance, De jure–de facto discrepancy, Reputational risk

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