Between Democracy and Technocracy

The Role of Expertise for the European Parliament

Between Democracy and Technocracy
The Role of Expertise for the European Parliament

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About the book


The European Union is increasingly facing a dilemma between democracy and technocracy. On the one hand, the EU is today accused for lacking sufficient democratic legitimacy, and on the other, public policy-making is getting more and more complex and technical, making politicians reliant to a certain extent on the technical knowledge of specialised experts. The European Parliament, being the only directly legitimated body within the institutional set-up of the EU and thus the symbol of democracy, plays a key role in this respect. In this book Brigitte Reck analyses the role of expertise for the European Parliament. It is assumed that, in order to fulfil the new challenges posed by its enhanced role in EU decision-making, the European Parliament depends to a high degree on internal and external help in the form of expert knowledge, policy advice and parliamentary assistance. It discovers, mainly on the basis of interviews with politicians and officials in Brussels, which sources of expertise the European Parliament can rely on and to what extent Parliament has adapted its internal capacities to the new challenges arising mainly from co-decision, but also from enhanced complexity. Finally it suggests how to improve the internal expertise capacities of the European Parliament which are necessary if the institution is to bridge the gap between democratic control and good quality outcomes.
The author

About the author

Brigitte Reck studied Political Science and German Language and Literature at the University of Heidelberg and the "Institut d'Études Politiques" in Paris. She completed her Master of European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. Today she works as a parliamentary assistant for a German MEP in the European Parliament.
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Brigitte Reck
Number of pages 104
Language English
Publication date Feb 24, 2003
Weight (kg) 0.1690
ISBN-13 9783898212366