National parliaments are widely regarded as the losing parties in a world of increased international interdependence. Is this so? Or have they developed measures to compensate for this, measures that have thus far not been properly studied? One interesting line of parliamentary response is the development of closer cross-border patterns of parliamentary interaction and coordination of oversight functions. Such relations may take the form of ad hoc contacts and exchange of practices or, at the other extreme, an integrated system of closely interacting parliaments. The European Union offers a particularly fruitful context for such inter-parliamentary relations. It not only invites national parliaments to relate to each other horizontally but also provides for a vertical structure with a directly elected supranational parliament at the European level.
This workshop will bring together PhD-students, young scholars and senior professors with the aim to systematically explore whether or the extent to which parliaments are able to catch up with the challenges posed by complex interdependence. We therefore aim to build on new lines of research by analysing the ways in which parliaments relate to each other and the rules and practices that define such relations. There are promising lines of inquiry that will benefit greatly from better integration, and given the democratic stakes involved, more systematic research on the implications for representative democracy and theories of democracy.