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Pierre Rosanvallon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149486

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.001.0001

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Independent Authorities: History and Problems

Independent Authorities: History and Problems

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(p.75) Chapter Four Independent Authorities: History and Problems
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Democratic Legitimacy
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Pierre Rosanvallon

, Arthur Goldhammer
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.003.0005

This chapter considers the rise of independent authorities within democratic countries. In most of these countries, the pace of creation of independent bodies charged with regulatory and oversight functions that had previously been entrusted to “ordinary” bureaucratic departments increased in the last two decades of the twentieth century. Although quite diverse in character, all of these organizations share a certain hybrid quality: they have an executive dimension even though they also exercise normative and judicial functions. The traditional concept of separation of powers has had to be stretched to accommodate them. The scope of the change has furthermore been considerable. In many countries vast areas of government intervention have increasingly been entrusted to these new organizations, clearly reducing the scope of administrative-executive power.

Keywords:   independent authorities, regulatory function, oversight function, bureaucracies, government intervention, administrative-executive power, executive functions

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