Registration Open – Parliaments: Coming of Age?

Register now for the PSA Parliaments Annual Conference 2019 – Parliaments: Coming of Age?

Our 2019 annual conference will take place in Cardiff, at the National Assembly for Wales, on Thursday, 07 November (6pm-8pm) for a welcome wine reception and Friday, 08 November (9.30am-6pm) for a full one-day conference.

Registration is now open.

The full conference schedule will be published in the autumn, but we are delighted to confirm the below papers and panels.

PANELS AND PAPERS

Panel 1: Parliamentary Scrutiny (Chair: TBC)

  • Stephen Bates (Birmingham), Mark Goodwin (Coventry) and Steve Mckay (Lincoln), ‘Select Committee Membership, Parliamentary Roles and Parliamentary Careers in the UK House of Commons, 1979-2019’
  • Matthew Hamilton (Commonwealth Parliamentary Association), ‘Self-reflections and Measuring Effectiveness of Public Accounts Committees’
  • Arabella Lang (House of Commons), ‘Treaties: Parliament’s Blind Spot?’
  • Jack Sheldon (Cambridge) and Hedydd Phylip (Cardiff), ‘Strengthening interparliamentary relations: first steps, future directions and potential challenges’

Panel 2: International and Comparative Parliamentary Politics (Chair: TBC)

  • Jason VandenBeukel (Toronto) and Meghan Snider (Toronto), ‘A Computational Analysis of the Abortion Debate in the Canadian House of Commons, 1901-2019’
  • Caroline Bhattacharya (Helsinki), ‘The Party in Control of Plenary Debates? The Case of Bundestag Debates on the Euro Crisis’
  • Matt Williams (Oxford), ‘The Senate of Canada: Coming of a New Age?’
  • Stephen Elstub (Newcastle), ‘Is Public Engagement in UK Parliaments Coming of Age? Lessons from Mini-Publics’

Panel 3: Representation in Parliaments (Chair: TBC)

  • Alex Prior (Leeds) and Cristina Leston-Bandeira (Leeds), ‘(Re)-connecting parliamentary engagement: how storytelling can strengthen public-parliament dynamics in the UK’
  • Sarah Childs (Birkbeck) and Karen Celis (VUB), ‘Feminist Democratic Representation’
  • Ben Worthy (Birkbeck), ‘Who’s Watching Parliament? Monitory Democracy at Westminster’
  • Richard Kwiatkowski (Cranfield) and Warren Greig (Cranfield), ‘Stepping into the same river: Change, constancy and the psychology of Members of Parliament’
  • Gareth Evans (Staffordshire), ‘From Platypus to Parliament: The Coming of Age of Devolution in Wales?’

Panel 4: The Governance of Parliaments (Chair: TBC)

  • Jonathan Chibois (HSSS, Paris), ‘Adapt or perish. What has driven the French National Assembly to transform its infrastructure over the past century?’
  • Victoria Hasson (WFD) and Graeme Ramshaw (WFD), ‘Arrested Development?: The Limits of Parliamentary Development in Chaotic Political Systems’
  • Richard Kelly (House of Commons Library), ‘Parliamentary Standards – the battle to retain control’
  • Mark Bennister (Lincoln), Ben Yong (Hull) and Diana Stirbu (London Metropolitan), ‘Governance of parliamentary institutions: structures, processes and leadership. Shaping collective identities within parliaments’

Alongside the paper presentations, we have built in plenty of breaks (which will include free refreshments and a lunch), as well as the Specialist Group’s Annual General Meeting.

For further information, please contact Dr Marc Geddes (marc.geddes@ed.ac.uk) and Dr Louise Thompson (louise.thompson-4@manchester.ac.uk).

Please note: this event is recommended for an academic and practitioner audience rather than members of the public, though of course we welcome everyone.

Register now

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