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Making the European Commission more accountable? Enhancing input legitimacy and its possible impact

Policy Paper by Young Researcher WP II/III Theories: Team 4 (D11b)
June 2007
Vera Rihácková

The following article looks at several elements of both the current academic and public/political debate on how to solve the perceived legitimacy problem of the EU supranational component, embodied by the European Commission, by enhancing the input legitimacy; and at its criticism. It suggests that a combined approach of politicization and legitimacy by effectiveness, efficiency and credibility, represented by the decentralized agencies delivering regulatory policies, is underdeveloped in the debate.

1. Introduction
2. The Academic debate
3. The Public debate
4. Is the politicization a remedy?
5. Conclusion

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