Delegation to the Executive: Dilemmas and Institutional solutions
The course describes the basic problems that comes with delegating
the power to the executive power. Its starting point is in the so-called
principal agent theory but also raises criticism to this approach. More
specifically, the course wants to answer questions such as: What
problems domes with delegation? In principle,what are the solutions?
What can never be solved?
Particularly noted in the course, is the
various ways in which power can be handed over to executives, as well
as the consequences this will have for cooperation, efficiency and
policy by studying institutions for power transfer in different
countries. Both more rationalistic perspectives and more institutional
and historical perspectives are used to understand how it looks in
different countries as well as within supranational bodies such as the
The primary aim of the course is to teach both rationalistic
and institutional perspectives, compare them and apply the different
theoretical perspectives to understand the causes and consequences of
different ways of organizing delegation to the executive power.