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European Regulatory Agencies in EU Decision-Making

Between Expertise and Influence

Authors: Ossege, Christoph

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European Regulatory Agencies (ERAs) have become increasingly important features in EU decision-making. They aim to provide expert advice independent of political or economic considerations. This book explains whether and under what conditions ERAs comply with this scientific mandate. Expanding on rational institutionalism, Ossege provides novel insights into the behaviour of ERAs, their autonomy from 'undue' external influence, and their impact on EU policy-making. The empirical comparison of three major ERAs - the European Medicines Agency, the European Food Safety Authority, and the European Chemicals Agency - not only shows that agencies capitalise on their expertise and rule-making competences to protect their autonomy. Rather, in making strategic use of their expertise, the ERAs also guard their autonomy in areas of high political salience, though their policy influence in these areas is partially circumscribed. Based on these insights, European Regulatory Agencies in EU Decision-Making locates its subject in the wider system of European Governance and considers the perennial question of how to reconcile the need for expert advice with democratic decision-making.

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Christoph Ossege is Senior Policy Officer at the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority where he works on the regulation of European financial markets. He holds a PhD from Bremen University, Germany, and held visiting research positions at Exeter University, UK, and at ARENA Centre for European Studies, Oslo, Norway.

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“This book is an important demystifying explanation on the operation of ERAs. It contributes to our understanding of the influence of the “nonelected ones” on decision making, and in a broader context, how democracy operates, how human rights are protected, and how the quality of life is increasing. In addition, it reveals other important topics that need exploration.” (Jaroslav Dvorak, Public Administration Review, May, 2018)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
European Regulatory Agencies in EU Decision-Making
Book Subtitle
Between Expertise and Influence
Authors
Series Title
European Administrative Governance
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51790-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137517906
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51789-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-56028-8
Series ISSN
2524-7263
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 227
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