The Rise of the Unelected: Democracy and the New Separation of Powers

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 7, 2007 - Political Science - 199 pages
Unelected bodies, such as independent central banks, economic regulators, risk managers and auditors have become a worldwide phenomenon. Democracies are increasingly turning to them to demarcate boundaries between the market and the state, to resolve conflicts of interest and to allocate resources, even in sensitive ethical areas such as those involving privacy or biotechnology. This book examines the challenge that unelected bodies present to democracy and argues that, taken together, such bodies should be viewed as a new branch of government with their own sources of legitimacy and held to account through a new separation of powers. Vibert suggests that such bodies help promote a more informed citizenry because they provide a more trustworthy and reliable source of information for decisions. This book will be of interest to specialists and general readers with an interest in modern democracy as well as policy makers, think tanks and journalists.
 

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Contents

The influence of the unelected page
8
The world of the unelected
18
Selected independent service providers
23
Selected umpires and whistleblowers
29
The driving forces
34
The advantages of the new separation of powers
42
The challenge to conventional democratic theory
55
Adapting traditional approaches
69
The new separation of powers and the European Union
129
Independent public bodies in the EU
136
blurring the boundaries
144
A guide to selected international organisations
147
the accountability of the new branch
165
Unelected bodies alternative democratic frameworks
175
List ofunelected bodies referred to in the text
183
Bibliography
189

The new separation of powers and the advent of
86
Informed citizens and the changing role of traditional
101
The legitimacy of the new branch
114

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Frank Vibert is the co-founder and Director of the European Policy Forum in Pall Mall. He has previously worked as a Senior Advisor at the World Bank and a Senior Fellow at the UNU-WIDER Institute. He writes extensively on regulatory, institutional and constitutional topics and his previous publications include Europe Simple, Europe Strong: The Future of European Governance (2001) and Europe: A Constitution for the Millennium (1995).

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