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 5: Rationales of inter-parliamentary cooperation in European security politics: from the Inter-Parliamentary Union to the IPC-CFSP

Wolfgang Wagner


The rise of international parliamentarism is usually attributed to the requirements of ensuring democratic control in the face of increasing internationalization. This chapter, however, argues that this democratic rationale is a rather recent one. In fact, it was a polemological rationale – i.e. the idea that inter-parliamentary cooperation would help overcome conflict and war among states – that was midwife to international parliamentarism in the first place. After introducing the polemological and democratic rationales of international parliamentarism, the chapter focuses on the case of security cooperation in Europe because this region has a particularly long and rich history of inter-parliamentary cooperation. The two logics do conflict when it comes to the inclusion or exclusion of MPs from non-member states. Whereas the polemological rationale suggests inclusion in order to foster communication and interaction between MPs from various sides of a conflict, the democratic rationale prioritizes interaction amongst members over outreach to non-members.

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