Invisible and unaccountable? National representatives and council officials in EU foreign policy.

K. Pomorska, A. Juncos

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Abstract

The role of officials from the working groups and the Council Secretariat dealing with European Union (EU) external relations has grown in recent years as a result of the increase in the thematic and geographic scope of EU foreign policy and, in particular, the development of the EU's capabilities in crisis management. The increase in competences of Brussels-based bodies has occurred in parallel to a transformation of the policy-making process that challenges intergovernmentalist assumptions about the extent of the control exercised by the member states over foreign policy-making. This contribution tracks the impact of Brusselization and socialization processes on Council officials and national representatives, which has resulted in these actors playing a role beyond that foreseen in the original delegation mandate. This inevitably raises questions of accountability in EU foreign policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1096-1114
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Accountability
  • Brusselization
  • COMMON FOREIGN
  • Council Secretariat General
  • Council working groups
  • EUROPEAN-UNION
  • European foreign policy
  • INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
  • SECRETARIAT
  • SECURITY POLICY
  • SOCIALIZATION
  • socialization

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