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Visiting Scholars Seminar: New Research on Europe

Transnational Representation in EU National Parliaments


February 28, 2018
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
February 28, 2018
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

This paper introduces the notion of ‘transnational representation’ as an additional mode of representation alongside traditional understandings of national and supranational representation. Transnational representation is defined as political position-taking on behalf of foreign interests. Thus, the distinctive feature of transnational representation is that foreign interests, instead of being treated as external constraints, are internalized into domestic debate. Theoretically, we argue that transnational representation promises a new way of thinking about political representation under conditions of heightened international inter dependencies. Empirically, we present a brief test of concept by way of a representative claims analysis of parliamentary debates in Austria, Germany and Ireland during the Eurozone crisis.

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