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Political Responsibility and the European Union$
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Myrto Tsakatika

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719075155

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719075155.001.0001

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(p.55) 3 Accountability
Political Responsibility and the European Union

Myrto Tsakatika

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines accountability as a sub-practice of EU governance. It first distinguishes between political and other forms of accountability, then tries to spell out the basic rationale behind political accountability and examine what we do—and do not do—when we hold someone to account. Next, it is shown that in order for accountability to be effective, the institutional structure in a system of governance must meet two requirements: what we will call ‘check’ and ‘forum’. The second part of the chapter examines the extent to which the requirements of accountability are being met in the EU, taking into account recent developments in the Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty.

Keywords:   political accountability, EU governance, check, forum, Constitutional Treaty, Lisbon Treaty

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