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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: A Complex Concept for a Compound Policy Tool

Accountability: A Complex Concept for a Compound Policy Tool

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Accountability in EU Security and Defence

Carolyn Moser

Oxford University Press

This chapter unpacks the conceptual and analytical framework of this book on accountability in EU security and defence. Accountability is first delineated as a corollary to holding (public) power and conceptualized as a three-stage mechanism. In a further step, accountability is contextualized in the particular setting of international relations, characterized by executive governance, which is the habitat of EU peacebuilding activities. The chapter then turns to accountability catalysts and inhibitors, namely institutional design, the accountability architecture, and information-sharing modes. Subsequently, the chapter offers a taxonomy of accountability in civilian CSDP by mapping actors and potential fora, both at the strategic and operational level. Prior to outlining the overall research agenda of this study, the chapter addresses analytical and practical challenges for (studying) accountability in the subject area, notably the restrictive information disclosure policy regarding EU security and defence matters.

Keywords:   Power–accountability nexus, Accountability as a mechanism, Executive decision-making, International relations, Access to information, Institutional design, Accountability actors, Accountability fora, Reporting lines, Accountability finalities

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