M. Müftüler-Baç, K. Raube, J. Wouters (eds), Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in Eu External Relations: An Essential Companion – Leuven Global Governance Series  (Edward Elgar, Publishing 2019)


In today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world, the role of parliaments in external affairs remains a relatively under explored topic of research. The multiple patterns of global governance are mostly dominated by the executive branches of government, with parliaments relegated to the sidelines. This insightful book aims to challenge this dominant perspective and demonstrate the increased networking of parliaments both within the EU and with external actors outside the EU. It not only sheds light on EU parliamentary cooperation and networking, but also reveals the growing scope and role of parliamentary scrutiny, control and conflict mediation.to students and scholars of international organizations, international political economy and global governance.

This insightful companion examines the role of parliaments in the external relations of the EU, a relatively under-explored topic of research in an increasingly complex international relations environment. In fact, this volume challenges the dominant perspective, demonstrating the increased networking of parliaments both within the EU and with external actors, shedding light on the growing role of parliamentary scrutiny, control and conflict mediation.

Providing a comparative overview of parliamentary action in EU external relations, this book considers both the conceptual basis of these actions and examines key case studies for empirical analysis. It situates the EU’s internal and external dimension of parliamentary cooperation in a wider context, engaging in a debate that goes beyond the EU into relationships with neighbouring regions as well as parliamentary institutions from other areas of the globe.

Advanced students and researchers of EU external relations and global governance will greatly benefit from reading this timely book. At the same time, international relations and political science scholars will also appreciate this thorough and comprehensive volume.

About the Editors

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey

 Kolja Raube, Assistant Professor for European Studies, KU Leuven, Senior Member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Member of the Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) Institute, Belgium

Jan Wouters, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance and Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law, KU Leuven, Belgium