In recent years, the international engagement of the EU's decentralized agencies has continued to increase in the absence of a clear political and legal framework for their activities. This timely book addresses urgent questions about these agencies' external actions and their effects, how these should be conceptualized and assessed, and how they can and should be governed in the future.
Bringing together pioneering interdisciplinary work from European legal and political scholars, this book combines theory with empirical case studies to explore an underdeveloped field and identify a future research agenda. Chapters first comprehensively examine the relevant legal frameworks and the political aspects of these decentralized agencies' external activities, before exploring the questions this raises around their own and the EU's legitimacy and accountability, and the impact of agencies on countries outside the EU who have dealings with them.
Scholars in law, political science, economics and public administration will find this book invaluable, particularly those working on external relations, agencification or institutional innovation. It will also prove useful to policymakers at EU and national level, as well as other stakeholders such as non-EU countries and international organizations.
'In the first book ever edited about the topic, Herwig C.H. Hofmann, Ellen Vos and Merijn Chamon (eds.) explore the external action of European Union agencies and suggest paths for a future research agenda in that field. This pioneering book brings together the first results from the Academic Research Network on EU Agencies and Institutional Innovation (TARN), an initiative launched in 2015 by senior scholars from different academic institutions in Europe to promote targeted research on EU agencies in the fields of political and legal science.'
– Dolores Utrilla, EU Law Live Blog
'This book does pioneering work. It is, of course, common knowledge that our polities depend upon ever more finely tuned regulatory support. What this book makes us aware of is the transnational follow-up to this insight. Gaining control of globalization processes will require ever more co-operation. It is high time that we explore this irresistible development, and an important step has now been taken.'
– Christian Joerges, Hertie School of Governance, Germany
'The chapters in this book provide for a fuller understanding of the EU's international presence, and of the various venues and fora which contribute to the external diffusion of its acquis communautaire.'
– Sandra Lavenex, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Contributors: C. Brière, M. Chamon, S. Chatzopoulou, F. Coman-Kund, M. De Bellis, V. Demedts, H. Ekelund, H. Hofmann, M. Inglese, M.-L. Öberg, D. Rimkutė, K. Shyrokykh, P. Van Cleynenbreugel, E. Vos.
Edited by Herwig C.H. Hofmann, Professor of European and Transnational Public Law, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Ellen Vos, Professor of European Union Law, Law Faculty of Maastricht University and Co-director of the Maastricht Centre for European Law, the Netherlands and Merijn Chamon, Postdoctoral Researcher of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO), Ghent University, Belgium.