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From the rule of law to the rule of rules: technocracy and the crisis of EU governance

From the rule of law to the rule of rules: technocracy and the crisis of EU governance AbstractThis article focuses on two trends emerging through the eurozone crisis, both of which diminish the quality of democracy in the EU and its member states. Firstly, the crisis has led to an increased reliance on non-majoritarian institutions, such as the ECB, at the expense of democratic accountability. Secondly, the crisis has led to a new emphasis on coercive enforcement at the expense of the voluntary cooperation that previously characterised (and sustained) the EU as a community of law. Thus, the ECB’s (over-)empowerment is a synecdoche of a wider problem: The EU’s tendency to resort to technocratic governance in the face of challenges that require political contestation. In the absence of opportunities for democratic contestation, EU emergency governance – Integration through Crisis – oscillates between moments of heightened politicisation, in which ad hoc decisions are justified as necessary, and the (sometimes coercive) appeal to the depoliticised rule of rules. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png West European Politics Taylor & Francis

From the rule of law to the rule of rules: technocracy and the crisis of EU governance

West European Politics , Volume 42 (7): 23 – Nov 10, 2019

From the rule of law to the rule of rules: technocracy and the crisis of EU governance

West European Politics , Volume 42 (7): 23 – Nov 10, 2019

Abstract

AbstractThis article focuses on two trends emerging through the eurozone crisis, both of which diminish the quality of democracy in the EU and its member states. Firstly, the crisis has led to an increased reliance on non-majoritarian institutions, such as the ECB, at the expense of democratic accountability. Secondly, the crisis has led to a new emphasis on coercive enforcement at the expense of the voluntary cooperation that previously characterised (and sustained) the EU as a community of law. Thus, the ECB’s (over-)empowerment is a synecdoche of a wider problem: The EU’s tendency to resort to technocratic governance in the face of challenges that require political contestation. In the absence of opportunities for democratic contestation, EU emergency governance – Integration through Crisis – oscillates between moments of heightened politicisation, in which ad hoc decisions are justified as necessary, and the (sometimes coercive) appeal to the depoliticised rule of rules.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1743-9655
eISSN
0140-2382
DOI
10.1080/01402382.2019.1584843
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Abstract

AbstractThis article focuses on two trends emerging through the eurozone crisis, both of which diminish the quality of democracy in the EU and its member states. Firstly, the crisis has led to an increased reliance on non-majoritarian institutions, such as the ECB, at the expense of democratic accountability. Secondly, the crisis has led to a new emphasis on coercive enforcement at the expense of the voluntary cooperation that previously characterised (and sustained) the EU as a community of law. Thus, the ECB’s (over-)empowerment is a synecdoche of a wider problem: The EU’s tendency to resort to technocratic governance in the face of challenges that require political contestation. In the absence of opportunities for democratic contestation, EU emergency governance – Integration through Crisis – oscillates between moments of heightened politicisation, in which ad hoc decisions are justified as necessary, and the (sometimes coercive) appeal to the depoliticised rule of rules.

Journal

West European PoliticsTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 10, 2019

Keywords: Technocracy; eurozone; crisis governance; rule of law; European Central Bank

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