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.


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 ( and Dr Louise Thompson (

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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