Domestic parliaments in world politics: Towards a more effective engagement of parliaments with international norms

At a time when we arguably need international norms more than ever, support for international law cannot be taken for granted. According to the narrative about the decline of national sovereignty, international norms lessen the room for maneuver of elected parliaments to the benefit of the executive. Conversely, following another narrative, parliaments are accused of insufficiently considering international normative imperatives. We argue that both narratives converge in the complaint of an insufficient role played by parliaments vis-à-vis international normative processes. The two most commonly suggested remedies have serious limitations. We combine findings from the literatures on international law and parliaments on the one hand with the scholarship on network governance on the other and suggest that the parliamentarization of international organizations provides underappreciated opportunities to enhance the engagement of domestic parliaments with international norms.