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Administrative Law and Policy of the European Union$
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Herwig C.H. Hofmann, Gerard C. Rowe, and Alexander H. Türk

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286485.001.0001

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Political Supervision

Political Supervision

(p.765) 24 Political Supervision
Administrative Law and Policy of the European Union

Herwig C.H. Hofmann

Gerard C. Rowe

Alexander H. TÜrk

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on political supervision in the multi-level system through the Council and the European Parliament, but Member States' structures of political supervision also play a role. Political supervision of administrative activity takes place horizontally between EU institutions and bodies within the concept of institutional balance. It also takes place vertically between Member States and the EU, which mutually control each others' activities in the realm of the implementation of Union law. Which forms of political supervision exist, and whether the available forms of political supervision are sufficient to hold EU administration actors politically accountable, are explored in the chapter.

Keywords:   EU administrative law, multi-level system, European Parliament, Member States, Council, administrative activity

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