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D) Upcoming Activities

 

WORKSHOP ON PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES, VALENCIA, OCTOBER 2019

Committees are important units of modern parliaments and legislatures. They are central places of policy making. But recent studies indicate that this may not – or no longer – be the case. However, committees’ role is not limited to making laws: they can be active in oversight, scrutiny and communication, too. All in all, many details of committees’ activities remain unclear. 

This is why RC08 is preparing a special issue or edited volume on parliamentary committees which is based on a previous public call for contributions. It will comprise chapters by parliamentary scholars from all over the world. The draft chapters will be discussed at a workshop in Valencia to be held from 23 to 25 October 2019, co-sponsored by RC08 and the University of Valencia. Hilmar Rommetvedt and Sven Siefken will be in charge as editors of the publication and organizers of the workshop, and Pablo Onate is going to serve as the local organizer.

CONFERENCE ON PARLIAMENTS IN THE 21st CENTURY, PUERTO RICO, JANUARY 2020

As part of the Annual Meeting of the SPSA, RC08 will conduct a conference “Legislatures in the 21st Century: Roles, Issues, and Solutions”. The selected papers are meant to discuss, inter alia, the roles of legislatures, responses to executive challenges, and changes in legislative institutions. The conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 9 to 11 January 2020. There will also be an Expert Roundtable on “Legislatures in the 21st Century: Roles in the Age of Rising Populism and Authoritarianism” organized by RC08-Legislative Specialists. 

For further information please contact Irina Khmelko: Irina-Khmelko@utc.edu.

LAWRENCE LONGLEY ARCHIVE

RC08 is working on an archive to commemorate the work of the late Lawrence Longley. Professor Longley was Chair of RC08 for a number of years and published extensively on legislative issues and American political institutions. Part of the archive work is to obtain working papers of the late Professor Longley with Lawrence University. RC08 is planning on placing an archive on library website and making it available to readers around the world.

DAVID OLSON PRIZE 2020

RC08 is planning to announce the David Olson Prize for the best IPSA World Congress paper on parliamentary issues by a junior scholar. The David Olson Prize will first be rewarded for a single-authored paper by a scholar below the age of 35 (or with a PhD completed no more than seven years ago) presented at the 26th IPSA World Congress in Lisbon. 

Details of the Call for the David Olson Prize will be available on the RC08 website soon. 

26th IPSA WORLD CONGRESS, LISBON, JULY 2020

RC08 will organize a number of panels at the World Congress in Lisbon, 25 to 29 July, 2020. The general call for panels and papers will open 20 May 2019. For details, see https://www.ipsa.org/events/congress/lisbon2020.

WORKSHOP ON PARLIAMENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN EDITED VOLUME

Committees are important units of modern parliaments and legislatures. Academic textbooks and political practitioners alike often mention them as the central place of policy making where substantiated debate, negotiation and deal making take place. But recent studies indicate that this may not – or no longer – be the case. However, committees’ role is not limited to making laws: they can be active in oversight, scrutiny and communication, too. All in all, many details of committees’ activities remain unclear, not the least because they often meet behind closed doors. See here for more information.

ECPR GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019 – SECTION ON PARLIAMENTS

“Parliaments and the Quality of Representative Democracy” is the name of a section with eight panels that got accepted for the ECPR General Conference in Wroclaw, September 4-7, 2019 on the initiative of our Standing Group. Call for papers and panels is open with deadline, February, 18, 2019. See the section and panel descriptions here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE FOURTEENTH WORKSHOP OF PARLIAMENTARY SCHOLARS AND PARLIAMENTARIANS, 27-28 JULY 2019, WROXTON COLLEGE, OXFORDSHIRE, UK

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.

 

Published on Sunday, October 7 2018 by Dr. Erik Fritzsche