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 24: Assessing the institutional capability of international parliamentary institutions and parliamentary networks in the Western Balkans and South East Europe

Franklin De Vrieze

Abstract

Over the past 25 years, the number and influence of International Parliamentary Institutions (IPIs) and Parliamentary Networks (PNs) have increased considerably, in particular in the region of the Western Balkans (WB) and South East Europe (SEE). This chapter assesses the institutional capability for political dialogue of the IPIs and PNs in the Western Balkans and South East Europe. More specifically, the chapter analyses the institutional capability of a total of 15 IPIs and PNs in the Western Balkans and South East Europe by reviewing their constitutional status, degree of institutionalization and institutional authority.

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