The Rise of International Parliamentary Institutions?

This paper presents new research on the institutionalization and authority of international parliamentary institutions (IPIs). We seek to contribute to the research on transnational representation by proposing new empirically-based theories on the conditions under which IPIs emerge and deepen their authority. In order to do so we propose a definition of IPIs and conceptualize three dimensions along which they vary in nature: constitutional status, institutional authority and institutionalization. Based on these concepts we design the collection of a time series cross sectional database of 60 IPIs, of which we discuss the operationalization and show selected descriptive results.

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