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 3: Bringing transnationalism (once again) back in: insights for the parliamentary dimension of European foreign policy

Daan Fonck and Kolja Raube


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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