The role of parliaments in the appointment procedures of independent authorities

The aim of the paper is analysing the role of Parliaments in the appointment procedures to independent authorities. Adopting the prototypical case logic method suggested by Hirschl, the paper only focuses on countries with a parliamentary form of government. By illustrating the different ways in which Parliaments are involved in appointing procedures, the paper aims to demonstrate that the parliamentary involvement in the appointment process of independent authorities’ members inevitably hinders the independence of the body. Nevertheless, it will be argued that the involvement of parliaments is an important tool in order to enhance the transparency of the appointing process, which allows a civil society grassroot control. And, more importantly, it provides these bodies with a source of democratic legitimacy, capable of enhancing public trust, thus creating the conditions for a more effective performance of their duties.