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Multi-level governance in the EU and EU democracy : democratic legitimacy, democratic accountability and transparency of the European offices of the English local authorities in Brussels

Panara, Carlo; Varney, Michael

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Carlo Panara

Abstract

This paper seeks to examine the role and functions of the representative offices of English local authorities in Brussels by considering the democratic legitimacy (i.e. linkage to elected councillors or mayors), accountability and transparency of the office’s activities. The study demonstrates that the offices differ in their governance arrangements and funding, which has a direct impact on the approach to democratic legitimacy and accountability, noting that those offices which rely most heavily on direct funding from a single authority or a combined authority have the closest links to the authorities concerned. The transparency of the offices varies considerably, with clear distinctions between offices that are creatures of contract or where offices are an emanation of the authority concerned. The pattern here is less dependent on the pattern of funding of the office and depends more on the availability of resources and the approach adopted by the office itself.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 21, 2017
Journal Regional & federal studies
Print ISSN 1359-7566
Electronic ISSN 1743-9434
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 2
Pages 153-170
Institution Citation Panara, C., & Varney, M. (2017). Multi-level governance in the EU and EU democracy : democratic legitimacy, democratic accountability and transparency of the European offices of the English local authorities in Brussels. Regional and Federal Studies, 27(2), 153-170. doi:10.1080/13597566.2017.1308926
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2017.1308926
Keywords Local government; England; European Union; Lobbying; Representation; Legal controls
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13597566.2017.1308926
Related Public URLs https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:15015
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Regional & federal studies, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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