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04Sep 2020

RC08 at the IPSA World Congress 2021: additional Call for Papers and Closed Panels

The Research Committe of Legislative Specialists is happy to launch an additional call for the RCLS/RC08 session at the IPSA World Congress 2021 in Lisbon. Any paper and (closed) panel covering legislative research is welcome. Papers and panels can be submitted from 1st September onwards. The deadline for all submissions is 20 October 2020. Please check the follwing links at IPSA website for details on how to submit your paper or panel:

Please note that paper and panel proposals that were accepted for the 2020 Program will remain in the 2021 Congress Program. Revisions of proposals are possible until 15 September. You may also wish to consider that the general IPSA guideline of no double appearances in the same function remains valid for the WC 2021.

31Aug 2020

David Olson Award 2021 for the best IPSA World Congress paper on parliaments by a junior scholar

The purpose of the David M. Olson Award is to honour a younger scholar engaged in parliamentary / legislative studies, the focus of David Olson’s research and teaching. The recipient will be rewarded for the best self-authored paper presented in one of the RC08 panels at the IPSA World Congress in Lisbon in July 2021. Eligible are doctoral students and PostDocs who completed their PhD dissertation after 2013 (and not serving as a full professor). Authors of co-authored papers are only eligible if all authors satisfy this condition. The Award will then be split among the co-authors. The Award is funded by the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists / RC08 and will be given after the 26th IPSA World Congress. Nominees must have uploaded their full papers on the IPSA website.


  • The paper must be of excellent quality. 
  • The paper must cover a highly relevant topic for parliamentary research. 
  • The paper must make a substantial contribution to parliamentary research. 
  • The paper should have an innovative approach. 
  • The paper should have a strong methodological basis. 

Nominations for the award can be made by one of the following ways: 

  • by a board member of the IPSA Research Committee 08 (RC08); 
  • by the convenor, chair, co-chair or discussant of any RC08 panel at the IPSA World Congress 2020; 
  • jointly by two or more IPSA members of at least two different nationalities; 
  • by an incumbent IPSA Executive Committee (EC) member; 
  • by an IPSA Research Committee other than RC08 (in case of co-sponsored panels). 

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2021

Jury: A jury will decide on the best IPSA World Congress paper on parliamentary issues by a younger scholar. The jury will be composed of the current Chair of RC08 / Legislative Specialists and four additional board members.

31Aug 2020

Call for Papers: Disruption, Crisis, Opportunity: Whither Democratic Governance

This online conference (14 - 17 December 2020) aims to bring together global scholarly community concentrated around a number of Research Committees of IPSA to reflect upon and examine the challenges faced by democracies and non-democratic regimes in the light of a sequence of interrelated political, economic, social disruptions.

The conference is organised jointly by the RC14 Politics and Ethnicity, RC28 Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance, RC13 Democratization in Comparative Perspective, RC08 Legislative Specialists, and RC30 Comparative Public Policy of the International Political Science Association.

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14Jul 2020

Call for Academic Contribution to the Third Global Parliamentary Report

The Inter-Parliamentary Union, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program, is preparing its third Global Parliamentary Report. This year’s Global Parliamentary Report will focus on how parliaments engage with the public. It will aim to demonstrate why public engagement (beyond periodic general elections) is essential to parliaments and parliamentarians, as well as provide support to parliaments in integrating public engagement into their work. The Global Parliamentary Report will feature a series of recommendations on enhancing public engagement.

The Global Parliamentary Report team is seeking examples of academic partnership with parliaments on public engagement initiatives. For example, joint university courses on parliament, training programs, internships and other educational programming for university students etc. Any and all examples of such collaboration would be welcome and inform the report.

If you have any ideas for a story of collaboration, please send them to Dr. Maya Kornberg at gpr@ipu.org. Please include your contact details, any relevant information on where/when/how the project was executed, and contact details for those involved (if available.)

We look forward to hearing from you!

19Jun 2020

RC08 at IPSA 2021 World Congress: additional panel and paper proposals

RC08 will organize more than a dozen panels with a record number of papers at the 2021 IPSA World Congress in Lisbon. 

RC08 is happy to announce that it will issue an additional Call for Papers/Panels on September 1st providing IPSA members with the opportunity to take part in the 2021 IPSA Congress. All papers and panels covering legislative topics are welcome. We would like to encourage IPSA members to submit proposals covering issues related to parliaments in the current pandemic. 

We will provide more information on how to submit a paper or panel in late August. 

Please note that IPSA regulations on double appearances in the same function do apply for the 2021 World Congress.

12Jun 2020

Democracy by glass and concrete? The architecture of German state parliaments

What can architecture communicate about a political system? Political science has tended to regard architecture merely as a backdrop, yet the ways in which political systems manifest themselves in their physical structures provides a rarely used opportunity to investigate how institutions see themselves and their relationship with citizens. This has only become more relevant in times of diminishing trust in representative institutions and fundamental questions about the legitimacy of political decisions.

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16Sep 2019


We would like to strongly encourage you to submit your proposal for a closed panel (the call for open panels was closed on 10 July) to the RC08 session.

A closed panel is defined by IPSA as closed for paper submissions to the general public (submissions by invitation only). It is a pre-organized and complete panel that already has an appointed chair, co-chair, discussant(s) and 4-6 papers. The panel convenor (proposer) will be responsible for sending invitations to the authors (presenters) and accepting all paper abstracts submitted to the panel. A closed panel proposal should, therefore, include a title, a description, 1 chair, 1-2 discussant(s) and 4-6 submitted papers.

For the procedure of how to submit your panel please check the IPSA website: https://wc2020.ipsa.org/wc/submit-panel 

Please note that the deadline for both paper proposals and proposals for closed panels is 10 October. 

16Sep 2019


You are welcome to submit your stand alone panel proposal to our session at the World Congress. Please make sure that when submitting your proposal you tick the RC08 session box. As in the past, we will try to "cluster" such stand alone proposals and open new  panels as thematically coherent as possible. 

For the procedure of how to submit your paper please check the IPSA website: https://wc2020.ipsa.org/wc/submit-paper

16Sep 2019


RCLS/RC08 has submitted five open panels for the WC in Lisbon:

Candidate Selection and Intra-Party Democracy

Exploring the Architecture of Parliaments – How visible is Democracy?

Legislative Work and Career Paths of Elected Political Elites

Parliamentary Indicators – Ways towards Performance Measurement

Populists in Parliament. The Parliamentary Practices and Performance of Populist Parties

Please note that the third panel in the list ("Legislative Work...") by Marija Taflaga and Keith Dowding is a co-sponsored panel with RC02. Any paper submission for any of our five open panels is warmly welcome. For the procedure of how to submit your paper please check the IPSA website: https://wc2020.ipsa.org/wc/submit-paper

03Jul 2019

Proposals for the next Global Parliamentary Report

IPU and UNDP are currently inviting proposals for the theme of the third Global Parliamentary Report. We are looking for great ideas that would lead to stimulating debate among the parliamentary community and actionable recommendations to strengthen parliaments. See here for the Call for Papers. If you have any questions, please contact Sven T. Siefken: svensiefken@hs-harz.de.

30Apr 2019

Call for Proposals for Puerto Rico 2020 (January 9-11)

Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (RCLS) invites proposals for papers on wide range of topics to be considered for presentation at the RCLS’s Conference: “Legislatures in the 21 Century: Roles, Issues, and Solutions”.

RCLS is working with the Southern Political Science Association on organizing a conference within a major conference in the USA: https://spsa.net/annual-meeting/2020-conference-information/. 

Legislatures have experienced remarkable changes in response to challenges of the 21 century. We invite papers that discuss new and emerging roles of legislatures, responses to executive challenges, changes in legislative institutions and structures, and analysis of any specific aspects related to the internal operations of legislatures around the world. 

RCLS invites you to join us in this enchanted location of a tropical Caribbean island for meaningful conversations among legislative scholars. We plan to have regular panels and special events there. 

Please forward your proposal to: Dr. Irina Khmelko at Irina-Khmelko@utc.edu 

Deadline for proposals: June 25, 2019.

18Feb 2019

RCLS/RC08 Call for Contributions for an edited volume on parliamentary committees (initiated by Hilmar Rommetvedt and Sven Siefken)

There is a Call for Contributions for an edited volume on parliamentary committees, initiated by Hilmar Rommetvedt and Sven Siefken. See here.

24Sep 2018

Call for proposals: An edited volume “Decline in Legislatures and Rise of Populism” (Irina Khmelko and Frederick Stapenhurst, editors)

Recently, political scientists observed that legislatures are ceding power to increasingly assertive executive bodies that work to supplant legislative processes with executive processes. This volume will discuss various factors that diminish the power of legislatures. We are interested in case studies from all regions of the world, and we are specifically interested in countries that have experienced significant power shifts in recent years, e.g. Italy and some countries in South America.

If you have interest in this kind of research, please email a title of a proposed chapter and a brief abstract to Dr. Irina Khmelko at Irina-Khmelko@utc.edu by September 22, 2018.

17Aug 2018

Call for Papers: The Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians

We are delighted to announce the Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, which is to be held on Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July 2019.  The venue is the same as for earlier Workshops: Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, UK, an ideal venue for international gatherings. See here for the Call for Papers.

25Jul 2018

RCLS at 25th World Congress of Political Science in Brisbane, Australia

RC08/RCLS organized a session with 7 panels including 36 papers at the 25th World Congress of Political Science in Brisbane, Australia, July 21-25, 2018

RC08 Session Chairs: Zdenka Mansfeldova and Hilmar Rommetvedt.

  • Internet and Representative Democracy, chair Da-Chi Liao, discussants Cheng-Shan (Frank) Liu and Alexander Tan.
  • Executive-legislative Relations, chair Hilmar Rommetvedt, discussant Timothy Power.
  • Governing, Representation and Democracy, co-chairs John Erik Fossum and Russell Solomon, discussant Hans-Joerg Trenz.
  • Legislative Agenda Setting, Policy-making and Oversight, chair Julia Schwanholz, discussants Peter Lilienfeld and Michael Edinger.
  • Roundtable - Authors Meet Critics: A Roundtable Discussion on "Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective", co-chairs Svitlana Chernykh and Timothy Power, discussant Benjamin Reilly.
  • The New Roles of Parliamentary Committees Revisited, chair Ken Coghill, discussant Zdenka Mansfeldova.
  • Voluntary and Involuntary Exits from Parliaments: Post-parliamentary Careers of MPs, co-chairs Michael Edinger and Marija Taflaga, discussant Sven T. Siefken.

13Jul 2017

CfP: Voluntary and Involuntary Exits from Parliaments: Post-parliamentary Careers of MPs

Panel Proposal for the 25th World Congress of Political Science for RCLS / RC 08 Legislative Specialists (21-26 July 2018, Brisbane)

Convenor: Michael Edinger
Chair: Michael Edinger, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Co-Chair: Marija Taflaga, Australian National University Canberra
Discussant: Csaba Nikolényi, Concordia University Montreal

Parliamentary recruitment is a well-established sub-discipline of parliamentary research, and candidate selection has recently been attracting more attention from scholars. However, hardly any research has been conducted on the exits from parliament or on the careers of former Members of Parliament. This is surprising because such research promises to substantially enhance our knowledge of the career strategies of politicians, the relevance of membership and positions in parliament for political careers, and the commitment to parties when party discipline is no longer imminent.

The proposed panel will address research on MPs and their careers beyond their term in parliament. It will examine all aspects of parliamentary exit – voluntarily or imposed, during or at the end of a term, caused by electorates or selectorates – just as the variety of career paths following the departure from the legislative assembly.

Empirical research on the circumstances of departure from parliament should provide a much better understanding of career trajectories and patterns. The papers may also investigate former MPs and their post-parliamentary activities in order to learn about the permeability of the political sector, the cohesion of political parties, or their capacity of patronage. The panel should further provide new insights into the function of parliaments for political careers ranging from episodic membership (waiting room) to a final career destination, and from serving as a retirement home to a springboard to higher offices.

Conceptual approaches may include perspectives from representation or delegation theory, elite studies, and research on political careers, among others. Contributions are invited from both junior and senior scholars and may involve a qualitative, quantitative or a mixed-methods design. Paper proposals by scholars from the Global South are particularly welcome as are comparative papers.

Please send your paper proposal to Michael Edinger by 15 August 2017.

Dr. Michael Edinger
Friedrich Schiller University Jena

13Jul 2017

CfP: The Decline of National Parliaments?

Panel Proposal for the 25th World Congress of Political Science for RCLS / RC 08 Legislative Specialists (21-26 July 2018, Brisbane)

Convenor & Chair: Zdenka Mansfeldová, Czech Academy of Sciences; Discussant: Petra Guasti, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt

The processes of globalization and Europeanization fundamentally influence the role and functioning of national parliaments. Electoral and political participation continue to wane, negatively affecting input legitimacy, the ability of the national parliaments legislate is limited by supranational rules, their input into supranational (i.e. for Europe EU) legislation procedurally constrained. In the wake of growing populism and calls for direct democracy, we ask – are we seeing the inevitable decline of representative democracy and its institutions (parliaments)? Parliaments adopt various strategies to address these issues - increasing transparency, procedural and output legitimacy. One example is the direct interaction between parliaments and organized interests during the legislative process. This panel focuses on the interaction between the parliament and organized interest groups, posing the question whether strengthening these forms of interactions has the potential to strengthen the legitimacy of national parliaments by bridging the gap between citizens and institutions of representative democracy.

This panel welcomes comparative papers that contribute to the broader comparative research on the interaction between national parliaments and organized interests (civil society, trade unions, and lobby groups). We particularly welcome comparisons between CEE and other transition countries around the world, but theoretically driven papers with single case studies are also welcome.

Please send your paper proposal to Zdenka Mansfeldová (zdenka.mansfeldova[at]soc.cas.cz) by 15 August 2017.

27Mar 2017

IPSA World Congress 2018: Call for panels and papers

RC08 Legislative Specialists (RCLS) will organize a number of panels at the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science, July 21-26, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

The IPSA call for panels and papers will open May 10. Deadline: October 10, 2017. Make sure the proposals are submitted to the RC08 session.

Panel proposals should include a chair, discussant(s) and 4-6 papers, just like the “closed panels” before. The former “open panels” have been dropped this time. RC08 will assess individual paper proposals and form panels within the RC08 session.

See https://wc2018.ipsa.org/ or contact RC08 Program Chair Hilmar.Rommetvedt@iris.no for further information.

06Dec 2016

4th Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, 29 June – 1st July 2017 in Basel

On the heels of the successful conference in Munich, the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments (SGoP) invites you to submit your proposals for the conference next year. The fourth conference of the SGoP is being hosted by Stefanie Bailer and Tamaki Ohmura at the University of Basel.

The conference will bring together senior and junior scholars of the field. Away from the hectic bustle of large-scale conferences it will offer unique opportunities for detailed discussions and networking. The academic programme will be completed by a social programme including a welcome reception allowing us ample time to catch up with old friends and to meet new members as well as a reception and a conference dinner on the second evening of the conference.

We invite papers that deal with the empirical study of parliaments and legislatures. As it proved successful in Dublin, Vienna, and Munich, the exact thematic and regional range of papers is deliberately broad.

We are inviting proposals:

  • either for individual papers
  • or for entire panels consisting of three to four papers

Abstracts of proposed individual papers should be between 200 and 300 words. Proposals for panels should name a panel chair, discussant, the names of all proposed participants and abstracts for their individual papers.

Proposals should be sent to parliaments.2017@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions: 6 January 2017

Proposals will be evaluated by 27 January 2017

07Oct 2016

CfP: The Thirteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians

We are delighted to announce the Thirteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, which is to be held on Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July 2017. The venue
is the same as for earlier Workshops: Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, UK, an ideal venue for international gatherings. - Paper proposals are invited for the 2017 Workshop: See here for the Call for Papers.

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