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 23: Parliamentary cooperation within the Economic Community of West African States

Harrison Kofi Belley


The Economic Community of West African States Parliament (ECOWAS-P) is one of the institutions of ECOWAS that creates the platform for national parliaments of member countries to engage in dialogue, consult and build consensus as the representative of the people of West Africa. Since its establishment in 2000 it has simultaneously operated alongside the 15 national parliaments. This chapter examines the existing channels, methods and tools of cooperation between the ECOWAS Parliament and the 15 national parliaments. It also assesses the challenges encountered in the process of cooperation, and provides policy recommendations for greater cooperation within the Community.

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