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dc.contributor.advisorCaroline W. Mweaen_US
dc.contributor.authorOgolo, Erick Owino
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-06T12:12:25Z
dc.date.available2024-02-06T12:12:25Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/27576
dc.descriptionA Project Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of the Degree of Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy in the School of Law, Arts and Social Sciences of Kenyatta Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractThe East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) was a particular focus of this study's analysis of the function of parliamentary diplomacy in regional integration. A relatively recent development in international relations, parliamentary diplomacy was conducted in the East African Community's (EAC) assembly, the EALA. However, when they carried out their duties, the EALA Members of Parliament (MPs) were left unsure of whether to put the interests of the area or their own countries' foreign policies first. Through their roles in supervision, legislation, and representation, MPs were intended to find answers for the general interests of the regional body, yet they were more likely to be national loyalists than regional body representatives. In light of this, the study worked to achieve the following objectives: reviewed the conduct of parliamentary diplomacy in East Africa (EA), examined the role of EALA in increasing regional integration within EA, and examined the function of parliamentary diplomacy in enhancing regional integration in general. The realism theory put forward by Hans Morgenthau and Thomas Hobbes, which holds that pursuing a state's interests is its top priority even inside regional organizations, worked best to describe this situation. Data were gathered from a sample size that was purposefully chosen using a mix of a closed-ended and an open questionnaire. 417 people were included in the study's sample. The research increased our understanding of diplomacy and regional integration while providing advice to diplomats and decision-makers. The researcher abided by the ethical guidelines, study clearances, and permits recommended by Kenyatta University and the National Commission for Science, Technology, and Innovation. The study revealed its pivotal role in legislative harmonization, fostering regional cooperation. Through collaboration among East African lawmakers, it facilitates the exchange of ideas, reducing trade barriers, and strengthening political and economic ties. The evaluation highlights its significant impact on policy implementation and enforcement, aligning national policies with regional goals. The EALA emerges as a platform for public awareness and participation in regional integration, promoting transparency and inclusivity. The conclusion emphasizes the importance of parliamentary independence and objectivity. Recommendations urge member states to institutionalize parliamentary diplomacy, engage in policy oversight, and enhance collaboration with civil society for a more inclusive regional integration.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipkenyatta universityen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherkenyatta universityen_US
dc.subjectEast Africanen_US
dc.subjectLegislative Assembly Diplomacyen_US
dc.subjectRegional Integrationen_US
dc.subject(2001-2022)en_US
dc.titleEast African Legislative Assembly Diplomacy and Regional Integration (2001-2022)en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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