Newsletter, 16 June 2016

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Hello everyone,

A packed newsletter today – lots happening. Please see information below on the following:

  1. Our first one day conference, 28 October
  2. House of Commons Academic Fellows
  3. Quantitative methods for legislative studies workshop – Birmingham
  4. Textbook Exploring Parliament
  5. Job advert, Birmingham
  6. Election of member to PGN
  7. Essay competition
  8. Publication on Financial Privilege
  9. On the blog

If you have any notices / messages you would like us to circulate to the group, let us know – it could be about disseminating an event, new research, new publication etc. Please avoid sending attachments; where possible, we would prefer circulating more substantive information through web links instead.

Best wishes,
Cristina (@estrangeirada), Louise (@louiseVThompson) and Marc (@marcgeddes)

1. One day conference, Institute for Government, 28 October
We’re very pleased to announce our one day conference, at the Institute for Government, in London, Friday 28 October, 2016, co-hosted by the University of Birmingham. We’re very grateful to Stephen Bates who has offered to take a lead on this. The conference will include panels presenting research and a roundtable, finishing with our annual lecture. The theme of the conference is: what makes parliaments effective? Please see our call for papers on our website and submit your expression of interest directly to Stephen ( We welcome contributions beyond the UK Parliament, namely on the devolved legislatures and/or with a comparative dimension. We look forward to hearing from you.

2. House of Commons Academic Fellows
Following a few months working on this idea on behalf of the group, we’re also very pleased to announce the House of Commons Academic Fellows scheme. The idea stemmed from giving easier access to parliament for those academics who work on the institution on a regular basis. The scheme will formally launch in the Autumn, but parliament is currently gathering initial expressions of interest for the first wave of fellowships. Full details can be found on our website and parliament’s website.

3. Statistical analysis for Parliaments and Legislatures for Dabblers
Stephen Bates and Mark Goodwin (Birmingham) are putting together a workshop on the use of quantitative methods in legislative studies. This is ideal for PhD students, but also for anyone who is new to quantitative studies. The workshop will take place the 16 of September, 11.00-15:00. Please see more details on our website. We are able to support travel costs for PhD students who may wish to attend the workshop (up to £50). Our thanks to Stephen and Mark for organising this.

4. Textbook Exploring Parliament
We’ve had an amazing response to our call for contributions to the textbook we’re putting together for OUP. Many thanks to everyone who have expressed an interest. We’ve been doing our best to accommodate as many people as possible, and now have a near to final full list of contributors, which has a very good mix of well-established academics, early career researchers and practitioners from various areas in Parliament and beyond. If you haven’t yet, you’ll hear from us soon.

5. Job advert, Chair, Birmingham
Please see a job advert for a Chair in Political Science / International Politics, University of Birmingham, here.

6. Election of members to PGN
Our warm congratulations to two of our members who were elected to the PSA Graduate Network earlier this week. James Weinberg (Sheffield) has been elected Chair and Alex Prior (Leeds) Network Officer.

7. Essay competition
Thank you to everyone who made a submission to our essay competition. We’ve had a very good response to this, increasing the number of essays submitted this year. We’ve now put a panel together, which includes a mix of academics and a practitioner. We hope to have the results by the end of July, when we will contact all those who made a submission.

8. Publication on Financial Privilege
One of our members, Richard Reid (Canberra), has asked that we disseminate his recent publication with Malcolm Jack on Financial Privilege. This paper examines the relationship of the House of Commons and the House of Lords in the area of financial privilege.You can access it here [pdf].

9. On the blog
Swapping Sides: Role reversal for parliaments in Dublin and Belfast, by Muiris MacCartheigh (QUB)
The backgrounds of MSPs and MPs: it’s about the parties, not the culture, by Paul Cairney (Stirling) and Phil Cowley (QMUL)
How Twitter conversations highlight the different purposes of petitioning, by Cristina Leston-Bandeira (Leeds) and Viktoria Spaiser (Leeds)


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