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SepaRope – Separation of Powers for 21st Century Europe

Research project
Active research
Project period
2020 - 2023
Project owner
Christina Eckes, University of Amsterdam

Short description

SepaRope is the first empirically-grounded and comparative project rethinking the theory and practices of Separation of powers in present-day European Union. Separation of powers, the classic model of decision-making, entrusts different state functions to different branches (legislative, executive, judiciary) and serves the double purpose of ensuring collective will-formation and control of those in power. The polyarchic and multilevel nature of the EU is not easily reconciled with the separation-of-powers-model, either at EU or national level. SepaRope demonstrates in combined horizontal and vertical inquiries how recent economic and political developments affect the EU’s institutional framework and the anchoring of EU decision-making in national legitimacy.

Team Gothenburg

Anna Wallerman Ghavanini, Associate Professor of EU Law, Project Leader
Allison Östlund, Ph.D. and Lecturer
Martin Westlund, Doctoral Student in EU Law
Hannes Lenk, Assistant Professor of Law