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Accountability in the EU

The Role of the European Ombudsman Edited by Herwig C.H. Hofmann, Professor of European and Transnational Public Law, University of Luxembourg and Jacques Ziller, Professor of European Union Law, University of Pavia, Italy and formerly of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and the Université de Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
In the first interdisciplinary work focused on the European Ombudsman, expert observers of EU institutional affairs provide a thorough evaluation of the Ombudsman and its constitutional role, powers, activities and future potential. The book addresses the Ombudsman’s impact on accountability in the EU’s executive branch and offers new suggestions for the further development of the practice of ‘ombuds review’.
Extent: 304 pp
Hardback Price: $145.00 Web: $130.50
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 730 4
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  • Law - Academic
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • European Law
In the first interdisciplinary work focused on the European Ombudsman, expert observers of EU institutional affairs provide a thorough evaluation of the Ombudsman and its constitutional role, powers, activities and future potential. The book addresses the Ombudsman’s impact on accountability in the EU’s executive branch and offers new suggestions for the further development of the practice of ‘ombuds review’.

The contributions to the discussion within this book come from law, political science, administrative science and economics. Looking at comparative developments in EU law and policy they critically review, from a variety of perspectives and methodologies, the Ombudsman’s role in the review of activity of EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. They then evaluate this role, and its achievements, against the original objectives for creating an Ombudsman some 20 years ago.

This timely book will appeal to scholars and advanced students of the EU political and legal system. It is a also must-read for policy advisors and practitioners looking to enhance their understanding of alternative modes of dispute settlement and anyone interested in the future of administration in the EU.
Contributors: P.N. Diamandouros, D. Dragos, I. Harden, H.C.H. Hofmann, R. Mastroianni, J. Mendes, B. Neamtu, C. Neuhold, G. Tridimas, T. Tridimas, J. Trondal, A. Wille, J. Ziller
Contents:

1. The Developing Role of the European Ombudsman
Herwig C.H. Hofmann

2. The European Ombudsman: A Resilient Institution in a Turbulent, Evolving Administrative Order
Jarle Trondal and Anchrit Wille

3. Monitoring the law and independent from politics’? The relationship between the European Ombudsman and the European Parliament
Christine Neuhold

4. Public Awareness of EU Rights and the Functions of the European Ombudsman: Some Unpleasant Findings
George Tridimas and Takis Tridimas

5. Advancing transparency in the European Union: the role of the European Ombudsman
Dacian C. Dragos and Bogdana Neamtu

6. Discretion and law in the EU administration: where the courts do not enter
Joana Mendes

7. New perspectives for the European Ombudsman opened by the Lisbon Treaty
Roberto Mastroianni

8. The Ombudsman's role in promoting good governance
Ian Harden

9. From Maladministration to Good Administration: Retrospective Reflections on a Ten-Year Journey
P. Nikiforos Diamandouros

10. Variations Around the O-Word: the European Ombudsman from Médiateur to Garante ? Some Concluding Remarks
Jacques Ziller

Index