Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations
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Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations

An Essential Companion

Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters

In today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world, the role of parliaments in external affairs remains a relatively under explored topic of research. The multiple patterns of global governance are mostly dominated by the executive branches of government, with parliaments relegated to the sidelines. This insightful book aims to challenge this dominant perspective and demonstrate the increased networking of parliaments both within the EU and with external actors outside the EU. It not only sheds light on EU parliamentary cooperation and networking, but also reveals the growing scope and role of parliamentary scrutiny, control and conflict mediation.
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Chapter 22: Parliamentary deliberation in inter-regional relations: insights from the ACP-EU JPA

Sarah Delputte and Yentyl Williams


A deliberative approach to inter-parliamentary debate sees inter-regional parliamentary assemblies as promoters of dialogue and mutual understanding, rather than as decision-making bodies. This chapter assesses the quality of deliberation in the Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the European Union and Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP-EU JPA) through the development of an analytical framework based on the theoretical perspective of parliamentary deliberation. This framework is applied to analyse the quality of the ACP-EU JPA debates on the Economic Partnership Agreements, which is a strongly divisive subject in ACP–EU relations and which the ACP-EU JPA achieves consensus on. Ultimately, the analysis finds that the ACP–EU JPA dialogue on Economic Partnership Agreements struggles to approach the ideal type of deliberation due to recurring critical issues. Nevertheless, the evidence demonstrates that the ACP-EU JPA as an illustration of deliberation can be considered added value for inter-parliamentary cooperation between the EU and the ACP.

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