One-Day Conference: “Making Parliaments Work: What Makes For an Effective Parliament?”

Politicians, the public, think-tanks, journalists and academics alike have increasingly focused in recent times on how parliaments and legislatures work and how to make them work better in terms of policy-making, representation, scrutiny and accountability. Yet, despite this focus, the evidence base for making judgments about the effectiveness of parliaments and legislatures is arguably not as extensive as it could be, perhaps partly because of methodological difficulties in assessing the influence, impact and power of these institutions.

This one-day conference of the PSA Parliaments and Legislatures Specialist Group, co-hosted by the University of Birmingham, seeks to concentrate on the evidence – whether qualitative and/or quantitative and from a range of theoretical and analytical traditions – of parliamentary and legislative effectiveness and the effectiveness of parliamentary and legislative reform.

The conference will take place on Friday, 28 October (9.30am-6.30pm) at the Institute for Government, London.


The day will run as follows (for paper abstracts, please click on the paper titles below, or alternatively click here (opens PDF) for a full list):

09.30-10.00 – Welcome, and tea and coffee

10.00-11.30 – Session 1: Academic papers on “Parliaments in Comparative Perspective”, with:

11.30-13.00 – Session 2: Roundtable on “The challenges for Parliament in a post-referendum era”, with:

  • Lord Beith
  • Chris Bryant MP
  • Dr Ruth Fox (Director, Hansard Society)
  • Dr Hannah White (Institute for Government)

13.00-14.00 – Lunch and poster session (for poster details click here).

14.00-15.30 – Session 3: Academic papers on “Westminster and Beyond”, with:

15.30-16.00 – Tea and coffee

16.00-16.15 – Presentation to prize-winners of PSA Specialist Group on Parliaments and Legislatures Essay Competition

  • Winner: Sam Holcroft (UCL)
  • Runner-up: Matthew Robinson (Surrey)

16.15-17.15 – Parliaments and Legislatures Annual Lecture, with:

  • David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Commons

17.15-18.30 – Drinks reception


If you would like to attend, please be aware that there is a small fee in order to cover some of the costs. There are three types of ticket available:

  1. Non-PSA members: £30.00
  2. PSA members: £22.50
  3. PhD students and members of the PSA: £10.00

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, please click here. This will redirect you to the PSA website where you will be able to register. Note that, if you are not a member of the PSA, you will be asked to register for an account. This will not take longer than a few minutes.


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