Summer School

Summer School

SGoP Summer School on Parliaments

University of Lisbon, 23 July – 2 August 2019


The aim of the Summer School on Parliaments is to provide a mechanism for young scholars of national, regional and/or trans-national parliaments to enhance their theoretical and analytical toolkit as well as receive feedback from leading academics on their particular research agenda. In addition, the programme will provide an opportunity for participants to network with each other and with more senior, well established, legislative scholars. The 2019 School builds on the success of the 2010 (Bamberg), 2012 (Lisbon), 2014 (Brussels) and 2017 (Humboldt University Berlin). This year the summer school is co-organized with the University of Lisbon.

The summer school takes place over two approximately two weeks. The programme is built around a series of guest instructors who are leading scholars of comparative legislative studies. Thus, a different instructor will lead the discussion of a different topic each day. We plan a series of eight key themes (one for each teaching day of the Summer school), each lead by a scholar writing and researching in that area. As such, the focus is rarely on one legislature but on topics that are typically core to understanding any legislature.

The summer school is organized by the Standing Group on Parliaments (Maria Thürk) in collaboration with Dr Jorge Fernandes from the University of Lisbon.

This year’s summer school will take at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. From July 23rd through August 2nd, join us in Lisbon for a fantastic academic and social network program:

  • Kenneth A. Shepsle (Harvard University) – Legislative Organization: Distributional, Informational, and Partisan Theories
  • Diana O’Brien (Texas A&M) – Representation in the 21st Century
  • George Tsebelis (University of Michigan) – Formal Models in Legislative Studies
  • Kaare Strøm (UC San Diego) – Delegation Theories and Parliamentary Democracy
  • Shane Martin (University of Essex) – Electoral Systems and Legislative Behavior
  • Jonathan Slapin (University of Essex) – Speechmaking in Legislatures and Text Analysis
  • Amie Kreppel (University of Florida) – European Parliament: Organization and Functions
  • Thomas Saalfeld (University of Bamberg) – Parties and Legislators
  • Ulrich Sieberer (University of Bamberg) – Party Discipline and Cohesion in Legislatures
  • D.J. Flynn (IE University, Madrid) – Experimental Design in Legislative Studies

Applications until March 15th to Applicants should submit a CV and an abstract of a paper to present in the Summer School.

They should ask a referee to submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf.

Successful applications will be notified by late March. Please note that all participants have to register for the summer school. The registration fee is € 400. The fee includes lunches, coffee breaks, and a final group dinner. It also covers all course materials.

For more information reach out to jorge.fernandes@ics.ulisboa or

or look at the special Summer School website