PSA International Annual Conference 2018

We are delighted to announce our panels for the Political Studies Association 2018  Conference. We have a great line up, with six panels and 24 papers covering everything from enhancing parliamentary democracy to organising and managing parliaments.

There will also be an exciting panel with four of the current House of Commons academic fellows (a great opportunity to find out about their research, but also to discuss the practicalities of being a fellow) and a joint panel with several other specialist groups exploring populism in political systems. Thank you all for submitting papers to our panels.

PSA 2018 will take place between 26 – 28 March 2018 at Cardiff City Hall. Register now for Early Bird Rates. 

PSA 2018 Full list of panels

Enhancing Parliamentary Democracies

  • Supporting research on parliaments and people in politically fragile states: Emma Crewe (SOAS) and Richard Axelby (SOAS)
  •  Defending democracy: When do parliaments resist restrictive civil society laws? Susan Dodsworth (Birmingham) and Nic Cheeseman (Birmingham)
  • Comparing the performance of in Canada’s provincial legislatures: Paul Thomas (Carleton)
  • The Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Legislative Competency: the protection of human rights in the absence of a domestic bill of rights: James Kelly (Concordia)

Convergence and Divergence in the UK’s Parliaments

  • Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process: Contestation and division in Parliament: Richard Whitaker (Leicester), Philip Lynch (Leicester), Adam Cygan (Leicester)
  • Coalitions, Policy Divergence and the Problem of ‘Non-Controversy’: Andrew Jones (Leicester)
  • Explaining the Scottish National Party’s Strength as an Outgroup at Westminster: Public and Legislator Links: David Southgate (Surrey) and Louise Thompson (Surrey)
  •  Convergent evolution? Commonality and divergence among the all-party group systems in the United Kingdom’s devolved assemblies: Paul Thomas (Carleton)

Organising Parliaments

  • Explaining Change in Parliaments: Dilemmas of managerial reform in the UK House of Commons: Marc Geddes (Edinburgh) and Alexandra Meakin (Sheffield)
  • Independent institutions and regulatory agencies: strengthening independence and accountability through interaction with parliament: Franklin de Vrieze (Westminster Foundation for Democracy)
  • Parliamentarians and their Regulators: dilemmas of accountability, legitimacy and credibility inside ‘the regulatory state within Westminster’ in the UK and Australia: Nicholas Dickinson (Exeter)

Accountability and Scrutiny in Parliaments

  • Committee witnesses: evidence, diversity and representation: Hugh Bochel (Lincoln) and Anouk Berthier (Scottish Parliament)
  • Getting beyond the ‘usual suspects’? Exploring two decades of witness engagement with the International Development Select Committee: Danielle Beswick (Birmingham)
  • A Tale of Two Houses: Post-Legislative Scrutiny in the UK Parliament: Tom Caygill (Newcastle)
  • Adversarial or Not? Question Time as a Window into Institutional and Electoral Incentives in Holyrood and Westminster: David C.W. Parker (Montana) and Jessie Munson (Montana)
  • Scrutiny and Consociational Government: Parliamentary Questions in the Northern Ireland Assembly: Sean Haughey (Liverpool)

Parliamentary Representation and Engagement

  • All Politics is Local, Not Regional: How Mixed Member Proportional Representation Generates Informational Asymmetries Among Constituents: Pavielle Haines (Princeton) and David Parker (Montana)
  • Local Hero goes to Westminster: The representative effect of electing a local MP: Wang Leung Ting (LSE)
  • Parliamentary representation meets online mechanisms for public engagement: The interaction quality index:  Isabele Batista Mitozo (Federal University of Paraná)
  • Exploring storytelling as a parliamentary means for strengthening political engagement: Alex Prior (Leeds)
  • The Nunavut Legislative Assembly and Symbolic Representation, Alex Norman (Leeds)

UK Parliament: House of Commons Academic Fellows

  • Parliament and Public Engagement: Catherine Bochel (Lincoln)
  • Regulating Parliamentary Standards: Alistair Clark (Newcastle University)
  • The future of Parliament and devolution: Margaret Arnott (University of West of Scotland)
  • Dangerous Liaisons: Group Dynamics, the Commons Liaison Committee and the Prime Minister: Mark Bennister (Canterbury Christ Church)

JOINT PANEL:  “New parties, party systems and the Populist Moment” 

  • The New Party Challenge: “Populist” Appeals and the Accelerating Cycles of Party Birth and Death in Central Europe and Beyond:  Kevin Deegan-Krause (Wayne State University, USA) and Tim Haughton (University of Birmingham)
  • The AfD: a populist newcomer party: Hartwig Pautz (University of West of Scotland)
  • Dynamics in party systems: Fringe, mainstream and/or competing populist parties: Emilia Palonen (Helsinki)
  • Re-shaping the Political Space: Coalitional game and Coalition Potential of the Movimento Cinque Stelle in Italy: Giuseppe Ieraci
  • Same Room, Different People: Why Legislatures Can Survive Uncertain Times: Haoyu Zhai (Oxford)

 Registration is now open for PSA 2018: register now.

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