Transnational representation in EU national parliaments: Concept, case study, research agenda

Lucy Kinski, B.J.J. Crum

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This article introduces the notion of ‘transnational representation’ to refer to claims by national parliamentarians on behalf of citizens of other national constituencies. Thus defined, transnational representation combines insights from the constructivist turn in the theory of democratic representation with a renewed focus on national parliaments as the prime institutional sites of representation. A focus on transnational representation advances the debate on democratic representation in an age of internationalisation in two ways. First, it allows for a systematic and comparative analysis of how representation in parliaments responds to internationalisation. Second, it suggests a new perspective on the possible alignment of political representation with the range of affected interests. We illustrate these two claims with a case study of transnational representation in parliamentary debates on the European Financial Stability Facility and by outlining an agenda for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-388
Number of pages19
JournalPolitical Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


Previous versions of this paper have been presented at the Third Annual Conference of ACCESS EUROPE, at the Centre for European Legal Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, at the Workshop ‘Beyond the Inter-Governmental Union?’ at the Hertie School of Governance Berlin, at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University and at Webster University Vienna. The authors thank the participants on these occasions and in particular Katjana Gattermann and Jane Mansbridge for helpful comments. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.

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Harvard University
Webster University


    • European Union
    • internationalisation
    • national parliaments
    • representative claims analysis
    • transnational representation


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