PSA Conference 2019 – Our Panels

The PSA Parliaments Group panels at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2019.

We are delighted to announce our panels for the Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2019: (Un)Sustainable Politics in a Changing World #PSA19. The conference will take place between 15 and 17 April in Nottingham (Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University). Registration is now open: register now.

The full programme can be found on the PSA conference site. We have six panels, with papers covering issues including parliaments and public engagement, committees, petitions, accountability, and ethics. We will also have a special panel on researching parliaments, which will feature papers from House of Commons Academic Fellows. Full details below.

PSA Parliaments panels at #PSA19

All panels will take place in Lecture Theatre 3, Newton / Arkwright Building

Monday 15 April: 2.45pm-4.15pm

Opening Up Parliament: From public claims to expert knowledge

Chair: Dr Louise Thompson

  • Making Sense of How MPs Engage with Parliamentary e-Petitions (Felicity Matthews, University of Sheffield)
  • How Parliaments have dealt with the upsurge of e-petitions (Cristina Leston-Bandeira, University of Leeds)
  • Between diversity, representation and ‘best evidence’: Rethinking select committee evidence-gathering practices (Danielle Beswick, University of Birmingham; Stephen Elstub, University of Newcastle)
  • Evidence Practices in the House of Commons (Marc Geddes, University of Edinburgh)


Monday 15 April: 4.30pm-6.00pm

Researching Parliament (with House of Commons Academic Fellows)

Chair: Dr Sean Haughey

  • Brexit, Scotland & Devolution: The Future Role of the UK Parliament (Margaret Arnott, UWS)
  • Up Close Observation in The Everyday Life of Parliament (Mark Bennister, Lincoln)
  • Parliament and Public Engagement (Catherine Bochel, Lincoln)
  • Parliamentary Monitor: increasing the value of parliamentary data (Hannah White, Institute for Government)


Tuesday 16 April: 9.30am-11.00am

Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy

Chair: Dr Marc Geddes

  • Reintroducing Ethics in politics (Gordana Comic, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Republic of Serbia)
  • Parliament struggling to fulfil the promise of democracy (Meg Munn, Global Partners Governance)
  • Trust in Politics: Is too much accountability a bad thing for political trust? (Greg Power, Global Partners Governance)
  • Keeping Information Honest: A unique role for parliaments? (Zoe Oliver-Watts, Global Partners Governance)


Tuesday 16 April: 1.30pm-3.00pm

 UK Parliament: Legislation and Brexit

Chair: Alexandra Meakin

  • The post-legislative gap (Tom Caygill, Newcastle University)
  • Coordination or chaos? Analysis of the 2017 wash-up period in the UK parliament (Ruth Dixon, Oxford University)
  • Select committees and Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities (Richard Whitaker and Philip Lynch, University of Leicester)
  • Partisan Dealignment and Personal Vote-Seeking: Evidence from the UK House of Commons (Thomas Fleming, Oxford)


Tuesday 16 April: 3.15pm-4.45pm

UK Parliament: How does history inform the future?

Chair: Dr Danielle Beswick

  • Understanding parliamentary governance: using the Multiple Streams Framework and Historical Institutionalism to analyse the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster (Alexandra Meakin, University of Sheffield)
  • The Burns Report on the Size of the House of Lords: Using Parliamentary Privilege to Informally Amend an Act of Parliament? (Craig Prescott, University of Winchester)
  • The House of Commons’ influence over military action: What can we learn from history? (James Strong, QMUL)
  • From Representation to Meritocracy: conceptions of parliamentary work and the political class in the Boyle Committee reports, 1971-1979 (Nick Dickinson, University of Exeter)


Wednesday 17 April: 9.00am-10.30am

Parliaments and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective

Chair: Dr Catherine Bochel

  • Critical Leaders: How Women on Parliamentary Committees Influence the Health Sector in Africa (Susan Dodsworth and Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham)
  • Understanding parliamentary oversight in Africa: An interpretive analysis of confirmation hearings in Ghana’s Parliament (Ernest Kwofie, University of Birmingham)
  • (Un)sustainable Legislative Language in a Changing World (Matthew Williams, University of Oxford)

Registration details 

STANDARD RATES (Tuesday 29th January 2019 – Monday 8th April 2019)

PSA Member: £235

PSA ECN Member: £125

Non-Member: £320

Early Career Researcher Non-Member: £165

Register now for #PSA19