Rev Int Organ https://doi.org/10.1007/s11558-018-9314-7 Why national parliamentarians join international organizations Thomas Malang Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract It is customary to argue that international organizations (IOs) are very much dominated by national executives, with national parliaments wielding no or at best marginal influence. According to this accepted wisdom, there cannot be many reasons for national parliaments and their members to be active within IOs. However, we can observe a movement towards the parliamentarization of IOs, materialized in a growing number of parliamentary bodies with increasing competencies that accompany govern- mental actions and decisions. My paper wants to shed light on the underlying incentive for members of national parliaments (MPs) to engage in these international parliamen- tary assemblies (IPAs). Proceeding from the assumption that IPAs can enable parlia- mentarians to fulfil their representation and control function, I argue that (1) district level factors related to internationalization can explain why some MPs become mem- bers of IPAs, and (2) opposition parties can use the information generated in IPAs to control governmental activities in International Organizations. I test the claims with data of all parliamentarians of the recent legislative period of the German Bundestag and personal interviews
The Review of International Organizations – Springer Journals
Published: May 30, 2018
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