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'Independent, hence unaccountable'?

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'Independent, hence unaccountable?' This article questions the causal relationship between agencies' accountability problems and their 'independence'. It does so by arguing that independent agencies are not that 'special' in the sense of being independent and that the revealed accountability problems in the cases of independent agencies are not caused by their independence. The article invites to extend the debate on the executive's accountability beyond the somewhat attractive case of independent agencies. It uses a comparative legal approach and focuses on independent agencies from the EU and the US to exemplify the discussed issues.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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  • Review of European Administrative Law (REALaw) is a law review, published twice a year (online and in print), in the English language edited at the Department of Administrative Law and Public Administration of the University of Groningen and the Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law and the Europa Instituut of Utrecht University. Review of European Administrative Law provides a forum for the discussion of issues in the development of European administrative law. The journal aims to cover all aspects of European administrative law, reflecting the role of the European Union, the role of domestic legal orders and their mutual relation and influence.
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