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    Politicising Europe: liberating the technocratic?

    Everson, Michelle (2020) Politicising Europe: liberating the technocratic? In: Cardwell, J. and Granger, M.-P. (eds.) Research Handbook on the Politics of EU Law. Research Handbooks in Law and Politics. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 144-161. ISBN 9781788971270.

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    This chapter tackles distrust in the technocratic nature of EU decision-making. A starting point for discussion is the notion that technocratic governance, founded in expert knowledge, is a legitimate, even a necessary, institution. Nevertheless, just as at national level, EU technocracy suffers under an epistemological blunder, or an assumption that expertise or science will unveil material inevitabilities, such as general welfare, that are accorded the status of truth. The fault lies not with technocracy itself, but rather with a political system that refuses to make hard choices, especially when they come without any guarantee of future success. If expert decision-making is to survive populist assault, greater efforts must be made within the EU to re-establish political wills, or clear commitments to clear political goals. Expert decision-making will find its proper place within our constitutional system only where we recommit to politicisation.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Law > Law
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    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 10:45
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 12:36


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