Essential Reading

Key texts on financial accountability by authors outside the research network. These include academic journal articles, think tank papers and primary documents related to various aspects of financial accountability in the EU.

2018-2020

  • Maricut‐Akbik, A. (2020). Contesting the European Central Bank in Banking Supervision: Accountability in Practice at the European Parliament. Journal of Common Market Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13024
  • Redert, B. (2020). Stakeholder Mobilization in Financial Regulation: A Comparison of EU Regulatory Politics over Time. Journal of Common Market Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13046
  • Tesche, T. (2019). ‘The Troika is Dead, Long Live the Domestic Troikas?’: The Diffusion of National Fiscal Councils in the European Union. Journal of Common Market Studies, 57(6), 1211-1227. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12880

2017

  • De Feo, A., & Laffan, B. (eds.) (2017). Scrutiny of EU Policies, EUI, Florence.
  • Mendez, C., & Bachtler, J. (2017). Financial Compliance in the European Union: A Cross‐National Assessment of Financial Correction Patterns and Causes in Cohesion Policy. Journal of Common Market Studies, 55(3), 569– 592. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12502

2016

2015

  • Dawson, M. (2015). The Legal and Political Accountability Structure of ‘Post‐Crisis’ EU Economic Governance. Journal of Common Market Studies, 53(5), 976– 993. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12248

2014

  • European Court of Auditors (2014). Reflections. 35th Anniversary of the European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg, 2014. Accessible here.
  • Hobolt, S., & Tilley, F. (2014). Blaming Europe? Responsibility without Accountability in the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2013

2012

  • Karakatsanis, G., & Laffan, B. (2012). Financial Control: the Court of Auditors and OLAF. In Peterson, J. & Shackleton, M. (Eds.), The Institutions of the European Union (pp. 241-261). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2011

  • Davies, S., & Polverari, L. (2011). Financial Accountability and European Union Cohesion Policy. Regional Studies 45(5), 695-706.
  • Levy, R.P., Barzelay, M., & Porras‐Gomez, A.M. (2011). The reform of financial management in the European Commission: a public management policy cycle case study. Public Administration, 89(4), 1546-1567. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01927.x
  • Stefanou, C., White, S., & Xanthaki, H. (2011). OLAF at the Crossroads – Action against EU Fraud. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

2010

  • Bovens, M. (2010). Two concepts of accountability: Accountability as a Virtue and as a Mechanism. West European Politics, 33(5), 946-67.
  • Bovens, M., Curtin, D., & ’t Hart, P. (2010). The Real World of Accountability – What Deficit? Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Busuioc, M. (2010). The Accountability of European Agencies: Legal Provisions and Ongoing Practices. Delft: Eburon.
  • Cipriani, G. (2010). The EU Budget – Responsibility without accountability? Brussels: CEPS. Available as a free download at: http://ceps.eu/book/eu-budget-responsibility-without-accountability
  • Curtin, D., Mair, P., & Papadopoulos, Y. (2010). Positioning Accountability in European Governance: An Introduction. West European Politics, 33(5), 929-45.
  • Harlow, C. (2011). Accountability as a Value in Global Governance and for Global Administrative Law. In G. Anthony, J.B. Auby, J. Morison & T. Zwart (Eds.), Values in Global Administrative Law (pp. 167-185). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Hood, C. (2010). Accountability and Transparency: Siamese Twins, Matching Parts, Awkward Couple? West European Politics, 33(5), 989-1009.
  • Kourtikakis, K. (2010). Imitation and supranational politics: some lessons from the European Ombudsman and the European Court of Auditors. European Political Science Review 2(1), 27-48.
  • Lord, C., & Pollack, J. (2010). Representation and Accountability: Communicating Tubes? West European Politics, 33(5), 968-988.
  • Page, E. (2010). Accountability as a Bureaucratic Minefield: Lessons from a Comparative Study. West European Politics, 33(5), 1010-1029.
  • Papadopoulos, Y. (2010). Accountability and Multi-level Governance: More Accountability, Less Democracy? West European Politics 33(5), 1030-49.
  • Riksrevisionen (Swedish supreme audit institution, coordinator) (2010). The causes of the global financial crisis and their implications for Supreme Audit Institutions. Stockholm, October 2010, available here.

2009

  • Abromeit, H. (2009). Accountability and Democracy. In S. Gustavsson, C. Karlsson & T. Persson (Eds.) The Illusion of Accountability in the European Union (pp. 23-34). London: Routledge.
  • Agné, H. (2009). Irretrievable powers and democratic accountability. In S. Gustavsson, C. Karlsson & T. Persson (Eds.) The Illusion of Accountability in the European Union (pp. 51-66). London: Routledge.
  • Gustavsson, S., Karlsson, C., & Persson, T. (2009). The Illusion of Accountability in the EU. London: Routledge.
  • House of Commons (Public Account Committee) (2009). Financial Management in the European Union. 32nd Report, Session 2008-2009, 15 June 2009.
  • Larue, T. (2009). Delegation to the permanent representation and mechanisms of accountability. In S. Gustavsson, C. Karlsson & T. Persson (Eds.) The Illusion of Accountability in the European Union (pp. 83-95). London: Routledge.
  • Naurin, D. (2009). The European Central Bank – independent and accountable? In S. Gustavsson, C. Karlsson & T. Persson (Eds.) The Illusion of Accountability in the European Union (pp. 126-140). London: Routledge.
  • Pauly, L.W. (2009). The Old and the New Politics of International Financial Stability. Journal of Common Market Studies, 47(5), 955-975. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2009.02030.x
  • Persson, T. (2009). Civil society participation and accountability. In S. Gustavsson, C. Karlsson & T. Persson (Eds.) The Illusion of Accountability in the European Union (pp. 141-154). London: Routledge.
  • Tallberg, J. (2009). Executive power and accountability in the European Union. In S. Gustavsson, C. Karlsson & T. Persson (Eds.) The Illusion of Accountability in the European Union (pp. 111-125). London: Routledge.

2008

  • Kassim, H. (2008). Mission Impossible, but Mission Accomplished: The Kinnock Reforms and the European Commission. Journal of European Public Policy, 15(5), 648-668.

2007

  • Bovens, M. (2007). Analysing and Assessing Accountability: A Conceptual Framework. European Law Journal, 13(4), 447-468.
  • Harlow, C., & Rawlings, R. (2007). Promoting accountability in multi-level governance: a network approach. European Law Journal, 13(4), 542-546. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0386.2007.00383.x
  • Schön-Quinlivan, E. (2007). Administrative Reform in the European Commission: from rhetoric to relegitimization. In M. Bauer (Eds.) Management Reforms in International Organizations (pp. 25-37). Baden-Baden: Nomos.

2006

2005

  • Curtin, D., & Nollkaemper, A. (2005). Conceptualizing Accountability in International and European Law. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 36(1), 3-20.

2004

  • Craig, P. (2004). A new Framework for EU Administration: The 2002 Financial Regulation. Law and Contemporary Problems, 68(1), 107-134.
  • Dewing, I.P., & Russell, P.O. (2004). Accounting, Auditing and Corporate Governance of European Listed Countries: EU Policy Developments Before and After Enron. Journal of Common Market Studies, 42(2), 289-319. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2004.00489.x
  • Fischer, E. (2004). The European Union in the Age of Accountability. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 24(3), 495-515.
  • Groenendijk, N.S. (2004) Assessing Member States’ Management of EU Finances: an Empirical Analysis of the Annual Reports of the European Court of Auditors, 1996–2001. Public Administration, 82(3), 701-725. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0033-3298.2004.00415.x

2003

  • Laffan, B. (2003). Auditing and accountability in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy, 10(5), 762-777.

2002

  • Arnull, A., & Wincott, D. (2002). (Eds.) Accountability and Legitimacy in the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Harlow, C. (2002). Accountability in the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Before 2002

  • Elgie, R. (1998). Democratic accountability and central bank independence: Historical and contemporary, national and European perspectives. West European Politics, 21(3), 53-76. https://doi.org/10.1080/01402389808425257
  • Kok, C. (1989). The Court of Auditors of the European Communities: “The Other European Court in Luxembourg”. Common Market Law Review, 26(3), 345-67.
  • Laffan, B. (1999). Becoming a “Living Institution”: The Evolution of the European Court of Auditors. Journal of Common Market Studies, 37(2), 251-268.
  • Levy, R. (1996). Managing value for money audit in the European Union: the challenge of diversity. Journal of Common Market Studies, 43(4), 509-529.
  • Peterson, J. (1997). The European Union: Pooled Sovereignty, Divided Accountability. Political Studies45(3), 559–578. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.00096
  • Pollitt, C., & Summa, H. (1997). Reflexive Watchdogs? How Supreme Audit Institutions Account for Themselves. Public Administration, 75(2), 313-336. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9299.00063
  • Power, M. (1997). The Audit Society: Rites of Verification. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Strathern, M. (2000). (Eds.) Audit Cultures – Anthropological studies in accountability, ethics and the academy. London: Routledge.
  • White, F., & Hollingsworth, K. (1999). Audit, Accountability and Government. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

The European Court of Auditors publishes a bibliographical survey (updated 10 September 2014) containing a list of references and summaries related to the finances of the EU.

If you think there are any important references to be added, please let us know: p.stephenson@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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