Developmental community has been assisting parliaments around the world in building their institutional capacity. The assumption has been and remains that a democracy in any country requires a strong parliament. We are specifically interested in papers that discuss roles of legislatures in the process of democratic consolidation. What roles can legislatures play in post authoritarian societies for democracies to succeed? There are multiple countries around the world that took on a path of democratic reforms. Some have succeed with moving from democratic transition to democratic consolidation. However, there are many other countries that have reverted back to the authoritarian rule or have been struggling with democratic reforms. What makes some succeed where the others fail? What roles do legislatures play in these successes and failures? Under what conditions do legislatures contribute to the process of democratic consolidation in post authoritarian societies?

Proposal submissions will be accepted until July 15, 2016 at 12 midnight Eastern Time.

Submission Instructions
Interested scholars should email a paper proposal to Dr. Irina Khmelko, University of Tennessee
at Chattanooga, USA ( by July 15, 2016.

Queries should be submitted as e-mails to Dr. Irina Khmelko at: