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 4: EU entrepreneurship, norm diffusion and the parliamentarization of regional economic organizations

Tobias Lenz

Abstract

This contribution analyses the proliferation of parliamentary institutions in regional economic organizations around the world. It argues that this phenomenon has not resulted from the spread of structural conditions that were similar to those obtaining in the early European Union – the pioneer of regional parliamentarization. Instead, the proliferation of regional parliamentary institutions was the outcome of a process of norm diffusion that was rooted in the European Union’s active and passive parliamentary entrepreneurship as well as a global participatory discourse. Thus, parliamentarization in the European Union and elsewhere is an interdependent, not independent, phenomenon. After developing these arguments theoretically, the contribution presents quantitative evidence and a case study of parliamentarization in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to substantiate these claims.

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