Call for Papers: PSA International Annual Conference 2018

Call for Papers: PSA International Annual Conference 2018

The PSA has announced details of the 2018 Annual Conference, which will take place between 26 and 28 March in Cardiff (City Hall). As always, we hope to put panels forward from our group to build on the great success of last year’s conference in Glasgow.

If you would be interested in presenting an individual paper as part of one of our group panels, please complete a Paper Proposal Form, with an abstract of not more than 250 words by Friday, 13 October. If you would like to put together a panel for the conference, please complete a Panel Proposal Form by the same date. We will be in touch within two weeks of this deadline to notify you if your paper / panel proposal has been successful.

The call is open to all members of the group. There are no panel themes, so all paper and panel proposals are welcome. Postgraduate students are encouraged to apply. Those who wish to present would be eligible to apply to the PSA Postgraduate Access Fund for financial support to attend the conference. Last year we also had a number of practitioner papers – we want to continue this trend.

We had a really successful 2017 conference, with more papers and panels than we’ve ever had before. So we look forward to hearing from you!

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September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter, which includes:

  1. PSA’s International Annual Conference – call for papers
  2. Representation – call for special issues
  3. New EVEL website
  4. News from our members
  5. Recently on the blog

If you have any notices / messages you would like us to circulate to the group, please let us know (including events, new research projects, grants, publications, etc.). Or other ideas for the group and feedback for us, they’re welcome too!

Best wishes,
Marc (@marcgeddes), Louise (@LouiseVThompson), Alex (@A_Meakin) and Leanne (@LeanneMarieC)

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The clock and an impending crisis: The Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben and the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster

The clock and an impending crisis: The Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben and the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster

August was filled with newspaper stories about the repair works to Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower, and the temporary silencing of the chimes of Big Ben. In a blog originally posted on the PSA Insights blog, PSA Parliaments Communications Officer, Alexandra Meakin, argues that this media coverage poses a concern for the future of the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster programme.

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Smile or smirk? Why non-verbal behaviour matters in parliamentary select committees

Smile or smirk? Why non-verbal behaviour matters in parliamentary select committees

When witnesses appear before select committees, Hansard records their words – but not their expressions. In a blog originally posted on Democratic AuditCheryl Schonhardt-Bailey (LSE), analysed nonverbal behaviour in 12 economic policy committee hearings, including some in which George Osborne gave evidence. In some of the hearings with Osborne, he appears to be smirking; in others, his smiles appear genuine. She argues that gestures, expressions and tone may be pivotal in whether a policymaker’s arguments are accepted.

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