Essay about Delegation Of Power And The Commission

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Delegation of Power to the Commission
On paper, many may consider the Commission the most post powerful institution of the European Union. They enjoy legislative, executive, and judicial powers, allowing them influence well beyond the borders of Brussels. However, from whom do these powers derive? Through delegation of power to the Commission, member states are able to both decrease their own transaction costs, and increase the credibility of policy outcomes. As supranational actors, the Commission is expected to propose policies that further the objectives of the European Community as a whole, but correspondingly these decisions must also reflect the interests of the member states from which their powers originate. The primary determinant of which powers are delegated, however, lie in the member states ability ensure that the Commission is not operating as a unitary player, acting only in its supranational interest.
For the purpose of my argument, I am adopting the intergovernmentalist approach to delegation of powers, which explains dynamics between the Commission and member states through a principal-agent framework. As the initial holder of executive power, member states act as the principal, delegating power through various control mechanisms (Hix & Hoyland, 2011). The agent, The Commission, is responsible for carrying out whatever tasks are delegated by the principal (Hix & Hoyland, 2011). Though in theory the agent is dependent on the powers given by the principal,…

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