Special Issue: Agency Governance in the European Union

A Special Issue of the Journal of European Public Policy on ‘Agency Governance in the European Union’ edited by Berthold Rittberger and Arndt Wonka was published in September 2011. The collection  includes two articles by RECON scholars: one by the editors on the political attitudes of EU agency professionals and one by leader of RECON’s WP 3, Christopher Lord, on the European Parliament and the legitimation of agencification.


Agency Governance in the European Union

Special Issue of Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 18, no. 6, 2011

Edited by Berthold Rittberger and Arndt Wonka

The contributions to this collection were first discussed in a workshop on ‘Agency governance in the EU and its consequences’ at the affiliated RECON partner Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) in September 2010. This was organized within the framework of WP 3 – Representation and Institutional Make-up. 

The literature on European Union (EU) agencies has proliferated rapidly since the first essay collection on EU agencies was published by Journal of European Public Policy in 1997. This collection picks up three thematic threads contained in the initial collection and provides state-of-the-art treatises on these different themes. The first theme addresses the causes and dynamics of the creation and design of regulatory bodies in EU governance, focusing not only on EU agencies but also on alternatives to the agency format, such as regulatory networks. Second, once agencies are established the consequences and trajectories of governance with and by EU agencies are explored. Third, the design of EU agencies as independent, non-majoritarian institutions poses pressing questions with a view to their legitimacy and accountability.



Berthold Rittberger and Arndt Wonka: Introduction: Agency governance in the European Union, pp. 780-89.

Mark Thatcher: The creation of European regulatory agencies and its limits: a comparative analysis of European delegation, pp. 790-809.

David Levi-Faur: Regulatory networks and regulatory agencification: towards a Single European Regulatory Space, 810-29.

Martino Maggetti and Fabrizio Gilardi: The policy-making structure of European regulatory networks and the domestic adoption of standards, pp. 830-47.

Madalina Busuioc, Deirdre Curtin and Martijn Groenleer: Agency growth between autonomy and accountability: the European Police Office as a ‘living institution’, pp. 848-67.

Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal: EU-level agencies: new executive centre formation or vehicles for national control?, pp. 868-87.

Arndt Wonka and Berthold Rittberger: Perspectives on EU governance: an empirical assessment of the political attitudes of EU agency professionals, pp. 888-908.

Christopher Lord: The European Parliament and the legitimation of agencification, 909-25.


More information can be found at the publisher’s webpage.