Rationales of inter-parliamentary cooperation in European security politics: From the inter-parliamentary union to the IPC-CFSP

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Abstract

This rise of international parliamentarism is usually attributed to the requirements of ensuring democratic control in the face of increasing internationalization. This paper, 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 co-operation 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, this paper focuses on the case of security cooperation in Europe because this region has a particularly long and rich history of inter-parliamentary cooperation. The papers argues that, in many respects, the polemological rationale does not conflict with a democratic one: Both benefit from a high frequency of meetings, interesting speakers and a strong secretariat to support their work. The two logics do conflict, however, 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 side of a conflict, the democratic rationale prioritizes interaction amongst members over outreach to non-members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations
Subtitle of host publicationAn Essential Companion
EditorsKolja Raube, Meltem Mueftueler-Bac, Jan Wouters
PublisherEdward Elgar
Chapter5
Pages88-103
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781786438850
ISBN (Print)9781786438843
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Publication series

NameLeuven Global Governance series

Keywords

  • parliaments
  • diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy

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