Workshop

Agency governance in the EU and its consequences

WP 3 - Representation and Institutional Make-up

WP 3 events 

Mannheim, 16-17 September 2010

 
Venue: Meeting room A5/MZES B230/31 (map)
Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES)  at the University of Mannheim will host a workshop on agency governance in the EU and its consequences as part of RECON's WP 3 - Representation and Institutional Make-up.

 

Workshop summary (D59) (pdf)

 

The rapid proliferation of EU agencies in the past decades marks a strikingly new institutional development in the EU’s executive order. The creation of EU agencies is considered part and parcel of the formation and reform of ‘executive satellites’ in the EU, which have been created in the orbits of the Commission and the Council Secretariat.

The purpose of this workshop is to flag three important themes in the nascent literature on EU agency governance and explore their linkages: (1) The creation and design of EU agencies; (2) the workings of EU ‘agency governance’ and how it is affected by agency design; (3) the implications of agency governance for questions about accountability and democratic legitimacy.

 

Read more on the research objectives of WP 3 and on the overall research objectives of RECON.

Download programme and list of participants (pdf)



Thursday 16 September 2010


08:45-09:00

Introduction to the workshop
Berthold Rittberger, MZES, University of Mannheim, and Arndt Wonka, University of Bremen/MZES

09:00-11:00

The creation and design of EU agencies  

The creation of European regulatory agencies and its limits: A cross-domain analysis of EC delegation
Mark Thatcher, London School of Economics and Political Science/European University Institute

Varieties of agency governance: Social and economic regulation in the EU
David Levi-Faur, Hebrew University of Jerusalem/WSB Berlin

Discussants: Fabrizio Gilardi (Thatcher) and Jarle Trondal (Levi-Faur)

11:00-11:30

Coffee break

11:30-12:30

Exploring agency governance and its consequences - Part I

The structure of EU regulatory networks and its consequences for regulatory policy making
Fabrizio Gilardi and Maurizio Maggetti, University of Zurich

Discussant: Morten Egeberg

12:30-14:30

Lunch

14:30-16:30

Exploring agency governance and its consequences - Part II

EU-level agencies: New executive centre formation or vehicles for national control?
Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal, ARENA, University of Oslo

Europol: between autonomy and accountability
Madalina Busuioc, University of Amsterdam, Deirdre Curtin, University of Amsterdam, and Martijn Groenleer, Delft University of Technology
 

Discussants: Arndt Wonka (Egeberg/Trondal) and Johannes Pollak (Busuioc et al.) 

16:30-17:00

Coffee break

17:00-18:00

The legitimacy of agency governance - Part I

How technocratic are the new European technocrats? An empirical assessment of the political attitudes of EU agency staff
Berthold Rittberger, MZES, University of Mannheim, and Arndt Wonka, University of Bremen/MZES

Discussant: David Levi-Faur 

19:30

Dinner at Rheinterassen

 

Friday 17 September 2010


09:00-11:00

The legitimacy of agency governance - Part II

Do EU agencies satisfy a ‘right to justification’?
Christopher Lord, ARENA, University of Oslo

The proliferation of accountability: vice or virtue?
Johannes Pollak, Webster University, Vienna 

Discussants: Berthold Rittberger (Lord) and Madalina Busuioc (Pollak)

11:00-11:30

Coffee break

11:30-12:30

Next steps - preparation and timetable for JEPP Special Issue

Lunch and end of workshop

 

The workshop is organised by MZES.

For questions, please contact Arndt Wonka or Berthold Rittberger.