In “The Rise of International Parliaments: Strategic Legitimation in International Organizations”, I have joined forces with other experts to deliver the first comprehensive analysis of the creation and design of international parliamentary institutions (IPIs). We interpret IPIs as instruments of strategic legitimation. Discount flyer available and link to google books preview under “Research.”
International parliaments are on the rise. An increasing number of international organizations establishes ‘international parliamentary institutions’ or IPIs, which bring together members of national parliaments or – in rare cases – elected representatives of member state citizens. Yet, IPIs have generally remained powerless institutions with at best a consultative role in the decision-making process of international organizations. Why do the member states of international organizations create IPIs but do not vest them with relevant institutional powers? This study argues that neither the functional benefits of delegation nor the internalization of democratic norms answer this question convincingly. Rather, IPIs are best understood as an instrument of strategic legitimation. By establishing institutions that mimic national parliaments, governments seek to ensure that audiences at home and in the wider international environment recognize their international organizations as democratically legitimate.
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