European Administrative Governance

The Contestation of Expertise in the European Union

Editors: Abazi, Vigjilenca, Adriaensen, Johan, Christiansen, Thomas (Eds.)

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  • Examines the position and role of expertise in European policy-making and governance
  • Maps the role of experts in a variety of EU institutions
  • Analyses the role of expertise in EU policy-making on trade and climate change
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This book examines the position and role of expertise in European policy-making and governance. At a time when the very notion of expertise and expert advice is increasingly losing authority, the book addresses these challenges by empirically examining specific administrative processes and institutional designs in the European Union. The first part of the volume theorizes expertise and its contestation by examining accounts of the legitimate institutional design of knowledge production processes and exploring the theoretical links of Europeanisation and expertise. The second part of the book delves into empirical institutionalist accounts of expertise and maps the role of experts in a variety of EU institutions but also explains the implications when EU bodies themselves are in an ‘expert’ position, such as agencies. The book offers insights into how individual experts deal with the challenge of producing reports that will be heard by policy-makers, while at the same time preserving their independence. Broadening its scope, the book then expands the analysis to the role of advisory committees in light of the shift from a reliance primarily on in-house expertise to including more external experts in advisory groups in the European Commission and European Parliament as well as at the European External Action. In the third part, the book opens the lens to developments beyond the EU by taking into account two highly pertinent fields: climate change and trade. These fields are highly complex, fast-developing, and politicised issues, and the book engages with them in order to provide an outside-in perspective on expertise.

About the authors

Vigjilenca Abazi is Assistant Professor of EU Law at Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Johan Adriaensen is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Thomas Christiansen is Professor of Political Science and European Integration in the Political Science Department, Luiss Università Guido Carli, Italy.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Contestation of Expertise in the European Union
Editors
  • Vigjilenca Abazi
  • Johan Adriaensen
  • Thomas Christiansen
Series Title
European Administrative Governance
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54367-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54367-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54366-2
Series ISSN
2524-7263
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 239
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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