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Towards an Index of Accountability for Informal International Lawmakers?

Amtenbrink Fabian

in Informal International Lawmaking

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658589
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742248 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658589.003.0016
Towards an Index of Accountability for Informal International Lawmakers?

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This chapter develops a conceptual framework based on which the (democratic) accountability of actors involved in informal international lawmaking (IN-LAW) can be assessed. It uses macro-economic policy and financial market regulation as a case study to explore this question. The chapter explores whether and to what extent benchmarks (indicators) for the accountability of IN-LAW actors may be constructed based on such a framework and, moreover, whether such a framework could allow for a comparative assessment of IN-LAW actors in different policy fields. The purpose is to establish whether and to what extent the organizational function of constitutional systems, that is the legitimation of the exercise of public power through a system of checks and balances and mechanisms of democratic accountability, actually apply to IN-LAW.

Keywords: international law; informal law; lawmaking; financial market regulation; macroeconomic policy

Chapter.  8926 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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