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The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

EU agencies have now become a core element within efforts to establish good EU governance. Yet, this agencification process is also a cause for critical concern, especially as regards legitimate and effective agency-led administration. This project aims to fill two particular lacunae in current agency research by:• Promoting in-depth multi- and interdisciplinary research to integrate isolated disciplinary approaches;• Encouraging interaction between academia and practitioners that is needed to enhance the democratization of the EU in scholarship and practice. The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance, TARN will promote excellence through its website, enhancing knowledge on the operation of EU agencies, collating existing research and promoting new interdisciplinary, transnational and multilingual perspectives; it will also foster dialogue between senior and junior scholars and practitioners, providing a platform for expertise exchange. TARN will enhance existing teaching on agencies amongst its partners (by means of new pedagogical information sheets); it will also train young researchers (master classes); and will provide keynote lectures for students and academic teachers. TARN will contribute to international scholarship by means of publication deliverables (a special journal issue, a research handbook and working papers); and to governance within the EU by means of its policy recommendations.TARN focuses on three research themes: 1) the constitutional position, hybrid nature and legitimacy of agencies; 2) their increasing global utility; and 3) their functional operation and effectiveness. These themes will be addressed in a series of events (launching event, 1 workshop, 4 conferences, 3 roundtables and 27 lectures).The long-term impact of TARN’s will be to shape the manner in which agencies are conceived of in theory and practice. TARN aims to play a major part in reshaping the EU institutional landscape.
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