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 16: The European Parliament as a ‘normative actor’ in inter-parliamentary cooperation?

Cosima Glahn


The European Union’s role in promoting a normative foreign policy agenda and being a special actor in its policies abroad is frequently studied. This chapter tries to highlight the role of one European institution, namely the European Parliament (EP), and raises the question of whether the delegates of the EP are promoting a ‘normative power position’ within two inter-parliamentary cooperation fora: the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliamentary Assembly – Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM). After a theoretical part introducing the ‘normative power Europe’ concept developed by Ian Manners, the chapter discusses how one can empirically work with the concept. An empirical part follows, and by analysing official documents of the two inter-parliamentary settings as well as secondary literature, the chapter tries to engage in the discussion about the role of the European Parliament in foreign policy in general and its normative power role in particular.

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