Democracy building in the regional context: Insights from the European Parliament and beyond

Papanagnou, Georgios, Kingah, Stephen and Van Langenhove, Luk (2014). Democracy building in the regional context: Insights from the European Parliament and beyond. Int.IDEA and United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author Papanagnou, Georgios
    Kingah, Stephen
    Van Langenhove, Luk
    Title Democracy building in the regional context: Insights from the European Parliament and beyond
    Publication Date 2014
    Place of Publication Stockholm & Bruges
    Publisher Int.IDEA and United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Pages 48
    Language eng
    Abstract International parliamentary institutions (IPIs) are seen as a valid response to the democratic challenges posed by globalization and regional integration. Following the principles underpinning their national counterparts, IPIs can contribute to democratization by promoting the representation of affected publics and facilitating their incorporation into regional or global governance structures. They can also foster the articulation of popular interests in coherent democratic claims and lead to greater levels of transparency and accountability, and therefore contribute to a greater legitimacy of supranational actors. With this study the United Nations University – Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) seek to analyze this emerging phenomenon. The purpose is to critically examine the democratic capacities of IPIs and the way they perform as vectors of democratization. What is the status of democracy in regional integration and cooperation processes? Do IPIs play an important role in promoting democratic practices across regions? How can we strengthen international legislative assemblies? The research aims to answer such questions and to produce tangible policy recommendations for policy makers, practitioners and experts that will enhance the democratic performance of IPIs.
    UNBIS Thesaurus ACCOUNTABILITY
    REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
    PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE
    COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
    LEGISLATIVE POWER
    DEMOCRACY
    DEMOCRATIZATION
    LEGITIMACY OF GOVERNMENTS
    Copyright Holder Int.IDEA and United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2014
    Copyright type Creative commons
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