Welcome to the Parliaments and Legislatures Blog

Our blog aims to promote the study and understanding of parliaments and related issues. We welcome contributions from UK and international academics or research students within the field of legislative studies and related areas. We also accept submissions from outside academia, including parliamentary practitioners, charities and other organizations working with parliament.

We accept two types of blog; short blogs discussing topical issues and longer blogs which provide an overview of a particular Parliament. All submissions should be free from unnecessary jargon and suitable for a wide audience.

If you are interested in writing for the blog please see our submission guidelines here.

Summer 2017 newsletter

Summer 2017 newsletter

Welcome to the summer edition of our newsletter – and an extra special welcome to all our new members that have accumulated over the past few months. In this month’s newsletter, we’ve got information on the following:

  1. Essay Competition winner
  2. Annual Conference in November
  3. Successful qualitative methods workshop
  4. Scottish Parliament: Commission on Parliamentary Reform – new report
  5. Welsh Assembly: Report on digital engagement published
  6. UCL report on public appointments published
  7. Opportunity – HE consultant for Parliament
  8. 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!

We’ll be taking a break over August, so expect our next newsletter at the end of September. Hope all our members have a great summer break!

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

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Essay Competition 2017 Winners

Essay Competition 2017 Winners

We are pleased to announce the winner of our essay competition this year: Tamara McCallum from Leeds (nominated by Cristina Leston-Bandeira), with Callum Allison (nominated by Louise Thompson) as the runner-up. The winning essays were judged anonymously by our expert panel, and the winners will receive their certificates at our conference in autumn.

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The Remainers who now chair select committees will harry the government over Brexit

The Remainers who now chair select committees will harry the government over Brexit

The new cohort of select committee chairs will be scrutinising the work of a weakened government, write Mark Goodwin, Stephen Bates and our PSA Parliaments Co-Convener, Marc Geddes in a blog originally posted on Democratic Audit. Nine of the 28 are women, reflecting the advantage female MPs enjoy when they stand for committee elections. The current line-up also includes some well-known figures who have clashed with their party leaderships, creating an intriguing new dynamic.

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