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23 December 2015

New article: Interparliamentary Conference on the EU’s CFSP and CSDP

Graham Butler at the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies in the Faculty of Law has published a new article on the Interparliamentary Conference on the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

Since its establishment in 2012, and in light of the increasing cavities and skewed power balances between executives and legislatures in the policy domains of foreign affairs, security and defence, compounded by the loss of institutional influence experienced by national parliaments as a result of the European integration process, interparliamentarianism within the EU has seen significant growth over the past number of years. One of the most recent creatures of this new interparliamentary phenomenon relates to the EU's foreign policy—the IPC on the CFSP/CSDP. The article contends that the IPC has a long way to go to become a proper forum for democratic and parliamentary oversight of the EU's foreign policy, and also questions whether such interparliamentary activity in its current state is worth the effort at all.

You can read more about the article published in Volume 26 of Irish Studies in International Affairs published by the Royal Irish Academy here.