How ethics experts bolster technocratic power
In the current issue of Governance, Annabelle Littoz-Monnet examines the role of ethics experts who serve on advisory committees for controversial issues within the European Union’s policymaking process. Such committees are often portrayed as “sites of democratization”, Littoz-Monnet says. In practice, however, the effect is exactly the opposite. “Making ethics a matter of expert judgment . . . enables bureaucrats to assert their grip on issues that would normally be solved via the democratic route . . . [and] conceals which ethics and whose values prevail in EU politics.” Read the article.