Technocratic legitimacy?

Kristensen Jacob Byskov, Juul Jensen Johan & Esrup Josefine

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In the political sphere of the EU, experts in different forms has a significant role in the policy making process especially within the realm of the Commission. In the light of our theory of input- throughput- and output legitimacy these experts pose a threat to the overall legitimacy of the Commission. Where it is most evident is in the case of input legitimacy where expertise and technocratic thought are favoured over representation of the public, but also in throughput legitimacy the technocratic logic poses an obstacle to openness and accountability. Concerning output legitimacy the technocratic logic is more accepted but can also be questioned. We will use theories about legitimacy provided by Vivian Schmidt and Fritz Scharpf and theories about technocracy provided by Frank Fischer and Claudio Radaelli. Our theory will both give a general perspective on legitimacy and technocracy and a more specific perspective with regards to the EU. We will have a deductive approach in our project and our unit of analysis will be the EU Commission. The Commission has the initiative right on policy proposals and hold the executive power, and besides that uses a lot of experts groups to give advice and recommendations, therefore we found this EU institution most relevant in regards to our project. Our empirical material will consist of official document from EU along with other document written of both people with and without a direct connection to the EU.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato29 maj 2012
VejledereClaus Dreyer


  • Technocracy
  • European Union
  • Commission
  • Legitimacy