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Author Vibert, Frank

Title The rise of the unelected : democracy and the new separation of powers / Frank Vibert
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007
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Contents The world of the unelected -- The driving forces -- The advantages of the new separation of powers -- The challenge to conventional democratic theory -- Adapting traditional approaches -- The new separation of powers and the advent of the informed citizen -- Informed citizens and the changing role of traditional institutions -- The legitimacy of the new branch -- The new separation of powers and the European Union -- International institutions : blurring the boundaries -- Conclusions : the accountability of the new branch
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Independent regulatory commissions
International agencies
Separation of powers
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy.
Independent regulatory commissions.
International agencies.
Separation of powers.
Autorités administratives indépendantes.
Organisations internationales.
Séparation des pouvoirs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511290336 (electronic bk.)
0511290330 (electronic bk.)
0511289731 (electronic bk.)
9780511289736 (electronic bk.)