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Practices of Interparliamentary Coordination in International Politics

Practices of Interparliamentary Coordination in International Politics

The European Union and Beyond

Edited by Ben Crum and John Erik Fossum

Publication Date: Aug 2013

Pages 326

ECPR Press

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Parliaments risk becoming the main losers of internationalisation; a process that privileges executives and experts. Still, parliamentarians have developed a range of responses to catch up with international decision-making: they coordinate their actions with other parliamentarians; engage in international parliamentary forums; and some even opt to pursue political careers at the supranational level, such as in the European Parliament. This volume provides a thorough empirical examination of how an internationalising context drives parliamentarians to engage in inter-parliamentary coordination; how it affects their power positions vis-à-vis executive actors; among themselves; and in society in general. Furthermore, building upon these empirical insights, the book assesses whether parliamentary democracy can remain sustainable under these changing conditions. Indeed, if parliaments are, and remain, central to our understanding of modern democracy, it is of crucial importance to track their responses to internationalisation, the fragmentation of political sovereignty, and the proliferation of multilevel politics.


List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Contributors xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

Chapter One: Practices of Interparliamentary Coordination in

International Politics: The European Union and Beyond

Ben Crum and John Erik Fossum 1

Part I. National Scrutiny Mechanisms in the EU

Chapter Two: Learning from the Best? Interparliamentary Networks

and the Parliamentary Scrutiny of EU Decision-Making

Aron Buzogány 17

Chapter Three: Cooperation among National Parliaments: An Effective

Contribution to EU Legitimation?

Viera Knutelská 33

Chapter Four: Deliberation in the Multilevel Parliamentary Field:

The Seasonal Workers Directive as a Test Case

Ian Cooper 51

Part II. Interparliamentary Interaction in Different Policy Domains

Chapter Five: Interparliamentary Coordination in Single Market PolicyMaking: The EU Services Directive

Ben Crum and Eric Miklin 71

Chapter Six: Coordination Practices in the Parliamentary Control of

Justice and Home Affairs Agencies: The Case of Europol

Daniel Ruiz de Garibay 87

Chapter Seven: Parliaments at the Water’s Edge: The EU’s Naval

Mission Atalanta

Dirk Peters, Wolfgang Wagner and Cosima Glahn 105

vi practices of interparliamentary coordination in international politics

Chapter Eight: An Asymmetric Two-Level Game: Parliaments in the

Euro Crisis

Arthur Benz 125

Part III. Actor Perspectives

Chapter Nine: EU Parliaments After the Treaty of Lisbon: Towards a

Parliamentary Field?

Johannes Pollak and Peter Slominski 143

Chapter Ten: The ‘Back Door’ to National Politics: The French Greens

and the 2009 European Parliament Elections

Yoav Shemer-Kunz 161

Chapter Eleven: Women in Europe: Recruitment, Practices and Social

Institutionalisation of the European Political Field

Willy Beauvallet and Sébastien Michon 175

Part IV. Beyond the EU

Chapter Twelve: Who is Coming? Attendance Patterns in the NATO

and WEU Parliamentary Assemblies

Wolfgang Wagner 195

Chapter Thirteen: The Institutionalisation of a Parliamentary Dimension

of the WTO

Hilmar Rommetvedt 213

Part V. Democratic Implications

Chapter Fourteen: The European Union: Parliamentary Wasteland or

Parliamentary Field?

Christopher Lord 235

Chapter Fifteen: Conclusion: Towards a Democratic Multilevel

Parliamentary Field?

Ben Crum and John Erik Fossum 251

Bibliography 269

List of Interviewees 297

Index 299

Ben Crum is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He works on the political theory of European integration.

He is the author of
Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty (Routledge 2012) and of academic articles in, among others, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, the European Political Science Review, and the European Law Journal. He studied in Amsterdam, London and Berlin, and holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence. Before joining the Vrije Universiteit he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy in The Hague, and policy consultancy firm Research voor Beleid in Leiden.

John Erik Fossum is Professor in Political Science at ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. He works on questions of democracy and constitutionalism in Europe and Canada. He is co-director of the research project NORCONE (The Norwegian Constitution in a Changing European Context) and former substitute coordinator for RECON (6th FP) and CIDEL (5th FP). He is president of ECSA Norway and vice-president of NACS. He has authored and edited eleven books and has published articles in such journals as Comparative European Politics, Constellations, Ethnicities, European Journal of Political Theory, European Journal of Social Theory, European Law Journal, European Political Science Review, European Review, International Political Science Review, International Journal, Journal of Civil Society, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, Regulation and Governance, and the Supreme Court Law Review.

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