An Essential Companion
Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters
Chapter 3: Bringing transnationalism (once again) back in: insights for the parliamentary dimension of European foreign policy
The literature on European foreign policy (EFP) remains almost silent on the role or influence of cross-border, or ‘trans-parliamentary’, activities. This chapter looks at the parliamentary dimension in EFP through a predominantly transnational lens. Against the backdrop of transnational literature, the chapter argues that transnationalism is able to provide insights on the parliamentary dimension of EFP in three different aspects: the ability to serve as a descriptive tool that is able to provide an ontology of the transnational parliamentary field; to understand the cross-border behaviour and functions of parliamentary actors in EFP; and to advance the normative agenda of transnational parliamentarism, especially in view of democratizing international politics through empowering societal actors.
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