Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics

The Principal Agent Model and the European Union

Editors: Delreux, Tom, Adriaensen, Johan (Eds.)

  • Analyses the uses and limitations of the principal-agent model in the study of EU politics
  • Moves beyond old principal-agent models to understand ever more complex realities within the EU 
  • Offers a thorough empirical analysis covering a variety of policy fields and political actors
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This book assesses the use and limitations of the principal-agent model in a context of increasingly complex political systems such as the European Union. Whilst a number of conceptual, theoretical and methodological challenges need to be addressed, the authors show that the principal-agent model can still provide deeper insights into a wide range of political phenomena. Through an empirical analysis of multiple principal-agent relations in the EU, covering a variety of policy fields and political actors, the volume refines our theoretical understanding of the politics of delegation and discretion in the EU. It will appeal to scholars in interested in EU politics and policy, public administration and governance, and international organisations.

The chapter ‘Multiple principals preferences, different types of oversight mechanisms, and agent’s discretion in trade negotiations’ is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via link.springer.com.

About the authors

Tom Delreux is Professor of EU Politics at the Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain-Europe (ISPOLE) at the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium.

 Johan Adriaensen is Research Coordinator at the Center for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Reviews

“This book is a tour-de-force of the European Union’s increasingly complex architecture. But studying it through the lens of the principal-agent model brings order and clarity. Delreux and Adriaensen show how the careful application of a model to an entire empirical field not only provides a map for navigating the empirical terrain, but also enables theory development. Endeavors like this advance our discipline.” (Professor Jens Blom-Hansen, Aarhus University, Denmark)         

“This important book develops the principal-agent model in new and significant directions. One of the key tools in political science emerges as a powerful and relevant model to tackle central issues for the discipline.” (Professor Mark Thatcher, London School of Economics, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction. Use and Limitations of the Principal–Agent Model in Studying the European Union

    Delreux, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 1-34

  • The Principal–Agent Model, Accountability and Democratic Legitimacy

    Brandsma, Gijs Jan (et al.)

    Pages 35-54

  • Non-exclusive delegation to the European External Action Service

    Dijkstra, Hylke

    Pages 55-81

  • Designing a Collective Agent for Trilogues in the European Parliament

    Laloux, Thomas

    Pages 83-103

  • Agent Interaction as a Source of Discretion for the EU High Representative

    Helwig, Niklas

    Pages 105-129

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eBook 101,14 €
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Hardcover 128,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55136-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Principal Agent Model and the European Union
Editors
  • Tom Delreux
  • Johan Adriaensen
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55137-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55137-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55136-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 304
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics