International Parliamentary Institutions: Some Preliminary Findings and Setting a Research Agenda

Cofelice, Andrea (2012). International Parliamentary Institutions: Some Preliminary Findings and Setting a Research Agenda. UNU-CRIS Working Papers. United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author Cofelice, Andrea
    Title International Parliamentary Institutions: Some Preliminary Findings and Setting a Research Agenda
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Working Papers
    Volume/Issue No. W-2012/3
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language En
    Abstract This paper aims at exploring which factors may promote or inhibit the empowerment of international parliamentary institutions (IPIs). According to the literature (Cutler 2006), an IPI may be defined as an international institution that is a regular forum for multilateral deliberations on an established basis of an either legislative or consultative nature, either attached to an international organization or itself constituting one, in which at least three states or trans-governmental units are represented by parliamentarians, who are either selected by national legislatures in a self-determined manner or popularly elected by electorates of the member states. Their origin dates back to the creation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in 1889, but they mushroomed after the Second World War, especially after 1989-1991 (new regionalism, also known as open regionalism especially in literature on Latin America), and today their presence is established almost everywhere in the world. However, they display sensibly different features in terms of institutional and organizational patterns, rules and procedures, legal status, membership, resources, functions and powers. In this sense, the study will mainly explore the formal and actual powers of IPIs, in particular consultative, budgetary, oversight and co-legislative, in order to  analyse whether and how they develop over time. The question to be answered, then, is the following: what are the exogenous (structural) and endogenous factors that may account for the development of IPIs’ powers? In this paper, some preliminary findings will be presented.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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