The Rise of the Unelected: Democracy and the New Separation of Powers

The Rise of the Unelected: Democracy and the New Separation of Powers

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Frank Vibert
Cambridge University Press, 6/7/2007
EAN 9780521872393, ISBN10: 0521872391

Hardcover, 210 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

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. This book will be of interest to specialists and general readers with an interest in modern democracy as well as policy makers, think tanks and journalists.

1. The world of the unelected
2. The driving forces
3. The advantages of the new separation of powers
4. The challenge to conventional democratic theory
5. Adapting traditional approaches
6. The new separation of powers and the advent of the informed citizen
7. Informed citizens and the changing role of traditional institutions
8. The legitimacy of the new branch
9. The new separation of powers and the European Union
10. International institutions
blurring the boundaries
11. Conclusions
the accountability of the new branch.