THREE

Legislators: Lagging Behind

A gap increasingly separates transgovernmental coopera-
tion from domestic debate…. The result is a mutual
democratic deficit, with publics mistrusting the multilat-
eral deals that their governments strike behind closed
doors in foreign countries.

—Lord William Wallace, foreign policy spokesman for the
Liberal Party in the House of Lords1

LORD WALLACE’S PERCEPTION OF A DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT REGARDING transgovernmental activity is widely shared. Legislators are seen to be lagging behind. The voice of the people—province by province, country by country, region by region, is much softer and less likely to be heard than the voice of the regulators, the judges, the ministers and heads of state.

One response has been a call for a global parliament.2 Far more likely, and from my point of view far more desirable, would be the creation of networks of legislators to match the networks of ministers, regulators, and judges described in the last two chapters. These networks do exist, often in surprising places, and are growing. But they are less

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