Institutional-Legal Mapping and Overarching Questions
Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance
A research perspective of the ACELG Research Programme 2014-2018.
Ongoing research both maps and analyses distinct political, administrative
and economic actors operating in the EU context. These include the European
Commission, EU agencies, (comitology) committees, the European Parliament, the
European Council, the Council, the European External Action Service, and the
ECB, as well as networks of national agencies and courts, as well as national
executives and parliaments.
Some overarching questions that guide the ongoing research include: What are
the roles and practices of these actors? How significant are evolving internal
rules as well as inter-institutional agreements, practices and conventions? Are
the principles of legality, openness, participation, accountability, democratic
representation and ‘good administration’ reflected in the normative changes
occurring in the EU’s evolving constitutional order? How could these principles
be adapted to match these normative changes, to ensure adequate legal
guarantees? What are the ‘real world’ practices of accountability, participation
and democratic representation and how are these evolving?