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date: 26 January 2021

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This chapter examines the many different ways that parliaments influence foreign policy. Citing the US Congress as an example, it challenges the claim about weak parliaments and explains why legislatures nowadays are more involved in foreign affairs than ever before. It then considers how European parliaments have responded to the challenge brought about by regional integration. In particular, it looks at the increasing external constraints faced by the European Union and the concerns about the “deparliamentarization” of European governance. It also discusses how Congress and other legislatures can influence foreign affairs and international bargaining by highlighting two major policy questions: war powers and international political economy. The article concludes by suggesting avenues for future research.

Keywords: parliaments, foreign policy, US Congress, legislatures, foreign affairs, deparliamentarization, European Union, international bargaining, war powers, political economy

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