Surely because the dominant and most legitimate model of democracy in the world is the representative one, there is a widespread belief that the best way to democratize a regional integration process is to create a regional parliament and grant it important prerogatives. This parliamentary option, needless to say, raises many questions. Does it make sense to create a parliament when the regional institutional arrangements are deprived of the other traditional components of a democratic polity, such as governments or political parties? Does it make sense to do it in Latin America where there is no tradition of parliamentarianism, and where parliaments are traditionally considered weak?


Member Country Regional Integration Direct Election Argentine Province Latin American Free Trade Association 
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