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Citizen-centred or state-centred? The representational design of international parliamentary institutions

Winzen, Thomas and Rocabert, Jofre (2021) 'Citizen-centred or state-centred? The representational design of international parliamentary institutions.' Review of International Studies, 47 (1). pp. 128-153. ISSN 0260-2105

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As a result of the spread of international parliamentary institutions (IPIs), international organizations face crucial questions of representational design. We introduce a distinction between citizen-centred or state-centred IPIs in international organizations (IO). Drawing on new data, we show that, even though parliaments might seem likely to foster citizen representation in the international realm, they in fact often follow state-centred representational designs. We further find that citizen-centred IPIs are a near exclusive phenomenon of a few, democratic regional integration projects. Given the prevalence of state-centred representational designs, we conclude that IPIs’ potential to represent different cross-border communities, concerns, and conflict lines than intergovernmental IO bodies remains institutionally limited. IPIs are thus unlikely to challenge these bodies in similar ways as often observed in the relationship between the European Parliament and the European Union’s Council of Ministers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: International Organisations; International Parliamentary Institutions; Legitimation; Authority; Purpose
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2020 15:56
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 13:28

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