Conducted against the background of five ideal ombudsman models, this penetrating analysis of the European Ombudsman questions the fitness of this Community body, as constituted, to the activities of the Community authorities it is expected to supervise. The European Ombudsman is based on the Danish ombudsman plan, a redress model designed to offer and facilitate alternative dispute resolution. Given the type of activities the Community performs, the author of this study questions whether a redress ombudsman is in fact what the Community needs. The text demonstrates that the Community-level issues addressed by the Ombudsman are primarily in the area of control - directed towards general supervision instead of dispute settlement in individual cases. The analysis reveals how an appropriately designed ombudsman could provide such welcome improvements in Community governance asthe following: more adequate external supervision of the Commission's administration; enforced parliamentary supervision of executive rule-making by the Commission; and more regulation and supervision of the Committees involved in rule-making. A new ombudsman based on the models the author describes would, she shows, ultimately provide the greatest benefit to the Union and its citizens. This book should be useful to policymakers, lawyers and academics, in Europe and elsewhere, as a study of the best use of a highly promising emerging institution of governance.