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 30: Inter-parliamentary cooperation and parliamentary diplomatic activities in an unorderly world: concluding remarks

Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters


While parliamentary cooperation and diplomacy are topics that have not traditionally garnered significant research attention, the rising influence of parliaments in external relations and the increasing importance of inter-parliamentary cooperation has resulted in a greater focus on this subject in recent years. In the European Union in particular, the European Parliament has had a greater effect on EU foreign relations since the Treaty of Lisbon, which has spurred a new body of research in this area. Within this new research environment, two primary dimensions have emerged: the cooperation of national and supranational parliaments in international and supranational organizations; and the role of parliaments in foreign policy and external relations towards third countries. Both of these dimensions are discussed in depth in this edited volume. This chapter provides concluding remarks on the findings of the volume’s contributors.

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