Workshop: Can the EU learn from the US or Canada?

Luiss University will organise a workshop on executive accountability and lessons from the EU and Canada on 31 January 2022. 

The aim of the workshop is to compare the EU with two federal polities – the US as a federal union and Canada as a federal state – in order to understand the nature of executive accountability in these three political systems. We are particularly interested in how each political system’s patterns and processes of differentiation shape and condition the prospects for executive accountability. Lack of accountability is associated with dominance, understood as arbitrary and illicit rule, whereas an executive that is subject to democratic control and authorization is democratically legitimated. Account-making is a vital prerequisite for proper accountability: we need a viable account to relate to if we are to render explicit the conditions under which differentiation is conducive to democracy and when it is not. Equally, we need to specify what qualifies as an EU-account in order to render clear how and in what sense we can compare federal systems such as the U.S. and Canada with the EU.



Opening statement

  • Sergio Fabbrini, Luiss University What is executive accountability and why approach executive accountability in the EU from a comparative federal perspective?


The macro-level perspective: executive vs. juridical vs. expertocratic accountability in the EU

  • John Erik Fossum, ARENA Centre for European Studies | Executive accountability in the EU
  • Sabine Saurugger, Sciences Po Grenoble/CNRS | Judicial accountability in the E
  • Marina Costa LoboUniversity of Lisbon | Expertocratic accountability in the EU

Chair: Sergio Fabbrini, Luiss University


Coffee break


The micro-level perspective: executive accountability in the adoption and implementation of different EU policies

  • Adrienne Héritier, European University Institute | Executive accountability in EU financial market regulation
  • Tiziano Zgaga. Universität Konstanz and Luiss | Executive accountability in EU economic policy
  • Jozef Batora, Comenius University | Executive accountability in EU external relations

Chair: Mark Thatcher, Luiss University




The comparative perspective: executive accountability in consolidated federations

  • Arthur Benz, TU Darmstadt | Executive accountability in federal systems and implications on democracy
  • Bruce Cain, Stanford University | Executive accountability in the United States and its implications
  • Lori Turnbull, Dalhousie University | Eecutive accountability in Canada and its implications

Chair: John Erik Fossum, ARENA Centre for European Studies


Coffee break


Executive accountability and the link between differentiation, democracy and dominance: what can the EU learn from the US, Canada and Germany?

  • John Erik Fossum, ARENA Centre for European Studies
  • Sergio Fabbrini, Luiss University
  • Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne

Chair: Bruce Cain, Stanford University


End of event

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If you have questions about the event, contact Tiziano Zgaga

Published Dec. 17, 2021 10:29 AM - Last modified Jan. 27, 2022 10:30 AM