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Executive Politics
Executive politics
Introduction

Had this handbook been published a decade ago, it is highly unlikely that it would have featured a chapter on executive politics. The issues addressed by students of executive politics today were still largely framed in terms of regional integration, and the theoretical approaches that nowadays dominate research on executive politics were still waiting to be imported from the general study of political science. This comparison of early and recent scholarship well summarizes the general argument of this chapter: the growing tendency of EU scholars over the last decade to conceptualize the EU as a polity or political system has produced a relatively distinct field of executive politics, concerned with issues of delegation, agency, and accountability, dominated by rational choice approaches to ...

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