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Arms, Agencies and Accountability: The Case of OCCAR

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jocelyn MawdsleyORCiD



The establishment of OCCAR, the European multinational arms procurement agency raises interesting questions about its accountability and legitimacy. Is it right for such an agency to procure arms? This paper examines the arguments about methods of accountability deemed more appropriate for agencies like OCCAR than just examining traditional parliamentary accountability. It then examines OCCAR through this lens of analysis. Finally, it rejects these suggestions as inadequate for failing to include an ideational component and argues that this is necessary for legitimacy especially in the politically sensitive area of defence and security.

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Author(s): Mawdsley J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Security

Year: 2004

Volume: 12

Issue: 3-4

Pages: 95-111

Print publication date: 01/01/2003

ISSN (print): 0966-2839

ISSN (electronic): 1746-1545


DOI: 10.1080/09662830390436542


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