RC08 will coordinate a number of panels at the next IPSA World Congress and welcome proposals.

For information on rules, proposals and deadlines see the IPSA website:

The call for proposals will open on 10 May 2017. Please make sure your proposal is related to RC08.

Don’t hesitate to contact RC08 Program Chair for further information.

Save the date: SGoP Conference in Basel 2017

The next SGoP conference will already be held next year! We hope to welcome many of you at the University of Basel from 29 June to 1 July 2017.

More info and a call for papers see here.

Biennial Meeting of the French Political Science Association
Montpellier, France, 10-12 July 2017
Panel: Qualifying and Quantifying Parliamentary Activity: Data, Methods and Practices

For more information please see here.

ECPR Joint Sessions 2016, Pisa. “Analyzing Organization in Parliaments: Causes and Consequences”

Tim Mickler (Leiden University) and Shane Martin (University of Leicester) are directing a Workshop on “Analyzing Organization in Parliaments: Causes and Consequences” as part of the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Pisa, April 25-29th, 2016.

Workshops are closed gatherings of around 20 participants, which last for about five days.

We aim to bring together a group of scholars working on the politics of legislative organization (and in particular, but not exclusively, on legislative committees). We are interested in papers that theorize processes of legislative organization and/or empirically study the processes with regard to a range of situations and positions. We specifically encourage scholars to submit contributions which go beyond congressional theories of legislative organization. We welcome both comparative analyses and case studies from a wide range of methods.

The deadline to apply is December 1st.

For more details and to apply please visit the ECPR website.

Please let Tim ( and Shane ( know if you have any question.


Legislative studies at the IPSA World Congress 2016: Call for papers and closed panels

The Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (RC08 / RCLS) will organize a number of panels at the IPSA World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, July 23 – 28, 2016.

The deadline for open panel proposals has passed, but here are the key dates for paper and closed panel proposals:

August 7, 2015: Accepted open panels are listed online and the call for papers opens.

October 7, 2015: Deadline to submit paper proposals for open panels. For details see:

October 7, 2015: Deadline to submit closed panels.

Closed panel = 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. For details see:

January 18, 2016: Paper proposers are notified of final results.

Please make sure that proposals are submitted to the RC08 session.



Save the date, SGoP Conference, 30 June to 2 July 2016 in Munich

We are happy to announce that the next Standing Group on Parliaments’ conference will take place from 30 June to 2 July 2016 at the LMU in Munich.

We will follow up with details on applications and deadlines, but for now please just take note of these dates.

We are grateful to Klaus Goetz and David Willumsen for offering to host the conference and look forward to a productive and fun gathering.


Call for panel submissions for the IPSA World Congress, Istanbul, 23-28 July 2016

The Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (RC08 / RCLS) will coordinate a number of panels at the IPSA World Congress. The call for panel submissions is now open. See here for details:

The RC08 session will include panels on all aspects of legislatures and parliamentary government. There are two types of panels: Open panels submitted without papers and open to paper abstract submissions, and Closed panels which are pre-organized and complete panels including 4-6 papers.

Please make sure that your panel is submitted for review in the RC08 session.


Historical Parliamentarism: Early Instances, Evolution, and Constitutional Design

Time and place:

Jun 8, 2015 09:00 AM – Jun 9, 2015 05:30 PM, Georg Sverdrup Building, Blindern, Oslo

The “negative” archetype of parliamentarism, where the government remains in power as long as the majority chooses not to remove it, is today based on the experience of only a few countries (for example, the Scandinavian countries), where the principle of assembly confidence took roots over a relatively long period of time and under restricted political competition.

Yet, the expansion of parliamentarism to more countries, coupled with the crises experienced by the older parliamentary systems of Western Europe in the course of the 20th century, has led to the progressive transformation of parliamentarism. Most parliamentary systems were established under considerably more contentious political conditions and included institutional features that were absent in the early models. As a result, a varied range of institutions became standard instruments of “positive” parliamentary design.

In this workshop, we aim to bring together researchers from the social sciences, humanities and constitutional law to discuss the ways in which parliamentary institutions have emerged in different settings. How, when and why did various countries get parliamentary practices or parliamentary constitutions?

The workshop is open with regard to theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as geographical coverage. Paper proposals that approach single case-studies or a small number of cases from a historical perspective are particularly welcome.

Paper proposals, including a brief abstract, should be sent to the organizers. The deadline for proposals is 15 March 2015. There will be no registration fees. Lunches and a workshop dinner will be provided. Unless otherwise agreed, participants are expected to take care of their own travel and accommodation expenses.

All papers will be uploaded to this website. Participants are required to send their papers to the organizers no later than 25 May 2015.


Cristina Bucur

Elisabetta Cassina Wolff

List of participants (preliminary):

José Antonio Cheibub, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bjørn-Erik Rasch, University of Oslo

Shane Martin, University of Leicester

Bjørn Høyland, University of Oslo

Jean-François Godbout, University of Montreal

Bonnie N. Field, Bentley University

Jens Wendel-Hansen, Aarhus University

Flemming Juul Christiansen, Roskilde University

Marthe Hommerstad, University of Oslo

Michael Koß, Ludwig-Maximilians University

Olivier Rozenberg, Science-Po

Irene Weipert-Fenner, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Marcelo Jenny, University of Vienna

Omer Faruk Genckaya, Marmara University

Anna Fruhstorfer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


The Importance of Constitutions II: Parliamentarism, Representation and Voting Rights

We are pleased to announce an international workshop on The Importance of Constitutions in Uppsala 16-17 June 2014, a few days before the Swedish midsummer celebrations. A first meeting on the topic was arranged in Istanbul in October 2013. This time too, we invite papers discussing parliamentarism, representation and voting rights from a constitutional perspective. We expect some of the participants from the Istanbul event to join with revised or entirely new papers, but we like to invite other participants as well. We plan for a total number of around 20 participants each day.

The workshop is intended as an arena for presentation of ongoing research. Our aim is to bring together researchers from the humanities, (constitutional) law and social sciences, and the workshop provides an excellent opportunity to develop new research networks across disciplines and faculty borders.

Please contact Jörgen Hermansson (Uppsala University) and Bjørn Erik Rasch(University of Oslo) if you like to propose a paper. The deadline for paper proposals is10 May 2014, but we may accept proposals also after this date. There will be no registration fees. Lunches (Monday and Tuesday), a workshop dinner (Monday) and accommodation will be covered. Unless otherwise agreed, participants are expected to take care of their own travel expenses.


Jörgen Hermansson (Uppsala)

Bjørn Erik Rasch (Oslo)

Confirmed participants:

Elin Bjarnegård, Uppsala

Cristina Bucur, Dublin

José Antonio Cheibub, Illinois

Tom Ginsburg, Chicago

Shane Martin, Leicester

Stephanie Rickard, LSE: “Special Interest Politics: Electoral Institutions and Economic Geography.”

Time and place: 

Jun 16, 2014 09:30 AM – Jun 17, 2014 04:00 PM, Skytteanum, Uppsala University



ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments’ Conference on ‘Parliaments and Parliamentarians – Evolution and Change in Challenging Times’
University of Vienna 26–28 June 2014
Following the Standing Group’s very successful inaugural conference on ‘Parliaments in Changing Times’ in Dublin (2012), we are issuing a call for papers for the second conference, which will take place between 26-28 June 2014 in Vienna. As in Dublin, we are hoping to bring together 60-80 senior and junior scholars in the field to discuss the institutional evolution of parliaments and the adaptation of Members of Parliament to new challenges. The local organiser is Professor Wolfgang C. Müller of Vienna University. Professor Thomas Saalfeld (University of Bamberg) and Professor Matti Wiberg (University of Turku) will support him as academic convenors. A conference website will soon be open on

Papers and Panels
We are inviting proposals:

  •  either for individual papers dealing with the empirical study of contemporary parliaments and legislatures
  • or for entire panels consisting of three to four papers in the areas mentioned above

Abstracts of proposed individual papers should be between ca. 150 and 300 words. Proposals for panels should name a panel chair, the names of all proposed participants and abstracts for their individual papers. All proposals should be sent to:

The deadline for proposals is 15 April 2014. The proposals will be accepted or rejected by 30 April 2014.

The registration fee will be 250 Euros and will include a Welcome Reception in the Austrian Parliament, light refreshments in all coffee breaks and the cost of two lunches. You can register online via the University of Vienna’s secure website here.

The final deadline for registration and payment of the registration fee is 15 May 2014.

The local organisers have also secured very advantageous deals in various categories as far as quality and cost are concerned. They range from a budget option of 53 Euros to slightly more expensive options at around 100 Euros. All hotels are relatively centrally located or give access to the centre of Vienna through Vienna’s excellent public transport network.

Reservations in four alternative hotels can be made using the University of Vienna’s secure booking site here.

Please secure your accommodation as soon as possible bearing in mind the deadline for free cancellations, which you will find on the site. The final deadline for hotel bookings via this site is 15 May 2014.

Getting to Vienna by Air
Wolfgang Müller and his team have also secured a 15% discount with Austrian Airlines. The details will be sent to you as soon as you have registered.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to write to Thomas Saalfeld



Vienna, 26-28 June 2014

This conference follows the highly successful Inaugural General Conference “Parliaments in Changing Times” hosted by our colleague Shane Martin in Dublin in 2012. The conference is very likely to take place in a central location in Vienna. The local organiser will be Professor Wolfgang C. Müller of Vienna University. With a team of colleagues from the Standing Group, I will be responsible for the programme. Further details will follow very soon. I would like to thank Wolfgang already for playing such a crucial role in providing this public good. Please make sure that you keep your diaries free for those dates!

Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014

Section: “Legislatures in a Changing World: Rules, Agendas, Representation and Aggregation”

The Standing Groups’ Convenors, Thomas Saalfeld (University of Bamberg) and Matti Wiberg (University of Turku) have secured a Section on  the study of legislatures during the ECPR General Conference 2014 in Glasgow.

A call for Panels and Papers will be open between 2 December 2013 – 15 February 2014.



Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, UK
26-27 July 2014

Papers are invited that cover any aspect of legislatures or the legislative process and present findings that are likely to be of relevance to parliamentarians.  Proposals (no more than 300 words) should be submitted no later than 20 January 2014.



RCLS / RC08 will organise 9 open panels at the IPSA World Congress in Montreal 2014. Two of the open panels are co-sponsored by RC03 and RC19 respectively (see here).

Abstracts/paper proposals for the open panels, and proposals for closed panels (with invited papers from authors that are already organised to present in the panel) may now be submitted via the IPSA website. Panels should have 4-6 papers. The deadline is 7 October 2013.

Click here to see the abstracts of the RCLS panels 2014 accepted.


Wroxton College, Oxfordshire 28-29 July 2012

Advance Notice

Next year will witness the Tenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians. The First Workshop was held in Berlin in 1994 and the event has become a regular and successful biennial event. The Tenth Workshop will be held on the weekend of 28-29 July 2012 (not, as previously circulated, 21-22 July) at Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, in the UK. Calls for papers will be circulated in due course.

IPU-Monash 2011 – Call for Papers
The IPU conference in Switzerland in October 2011 is looking for paper proposals for the conference that cover the development of skills needed by parliamentarians. You can find more detailshere.

General Conference, Reykjavik 2011, Panel Details
The following workshop may be of particular interest to members:
Section ID: 110
Section Title: Open Section
Panels: The Vote of Investiture in Parliaments: Types, Origins and Consequences – List of Panels
Panel Chair(s):
Name: Bjørn Erik Rasch ( – Panel Chair
Institution: OSLO, Universitetet I
Natalia Ajenjo ( – Panel Co-Chair

Institution: BURGOS, Universidad de

Panel Abstract
In many countries, incoming governments need to secure the support of a parliamentary majority in a formal vote of investiture in order to take office. In practice, investiture requirements vary a lot. In some cases the entire government (or each government minister separately) must win a confidence vote after the government platform has been presented. Some parliaments elect a candidate for Prime Minister and the actual process of government formation takes place after the vote. The decision rule may be absolute or simple majority, often embedded in an elaborate multi-stage voting procedure. The aim of this workshop is to get a better understanding of what kind of investiture requirements that exist, how the various investiture rules work and what their normative properties and political effects are (e.g., for government composition and durability). We invite theoretical or analytical papers as well as empirical studies. The empirical papers may be single-country studies, comparative or statistical analyses, simulations or experimental research.

Workshop at the 2011 ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops
The following workshop may be of particular interest to members:
Workshop ID: 20
Workshop Title: Cohesion, Dissent and Partisan Politics in European Legislatures

Workshop Directors
Francoise Boucek,, LONDON, University of, QUEEN MARY
Daniela Giannetti,, BOLOGNA, Università di

There is a rich body of research on legislative politics and legislative behaviour including the study of roll call voting and party cohesion in the United States Congress and the European Parliament where scholars have used a variety of techniques such as roll-call analysis and surveys of party policy preferences based on party manifestos and expert surveys to build important datasets that have made theory building and the testing of hypotheses possible. However, research on legislative politics and behaviour at the level of national parliaments in Europe is much more limited, ad-hoc and disjointed. The objective of this workshop will be to bring together scholars working on legislative parties in European national legislatures and in the European Parliament with a view to examine the conditions under which legislative cohesion (or dissent) are generated by different structural, institutional and strategic incentives (or constraints) operating in different national parliaments and party organizations. This requires examining and measuring different aspects of legislative behaviour such as party affiliations and party switching, partisan preferences, party unity and party cohesion, legislative coalitions, factional affiliations and factional behaviour. This workshop will concentrate on legislative parties in national legislatures across Europe and in the European Parliament. Interested participants are invited to submit theoretical and empirical papers adopting (a) a theoretically informed case study approach, (b) a comparative perspective, (c) explorations of methodological issues such as the merits of applying US based roll call voting models derived from spatial models in Europe.

Legislative Scholars may be interested to note that the Research Programme on Democracy at the University of Oslo is organizing its
first international conference on “Democracy as Idea and Practice” which will be held on January 14-15, 2010. A Panel on ‘Legislatures and Governments’ is being organised by Professor Natalia Ajenjo Fresno and Professor Bjørn Erik Rasch.

Please contact Bjørn Erik if you are interested in participating.

The workshop titles for the 2010 Joint Sessions are now available at
The workshop on Inter-Parliamentary Relations in Europe will be of particular interest to members.

The workshop titles for the 2010 Joint Sessions are now available at
The workshop on Inter-Parliamentary Relations in Europe will be of particular interest to members.

Summer School: The Standing Group is delighted to announce that the ECPR Summer School on Parliaments will take place in Summer 2010.

More information will follow towards the end of 2009.

Details on and papers from the March 2009 Conference on Parliamentary Questions are available here:

The first workshop of the The Research group on “Parliamentary accountability” will be held February 14-16 of 2008 in Facultad de Ciencias Politicas y Sociología de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). For more information on the meeting please contact please contact Manuel SANCHEZ DE DIOS.

For more information on the Research Group on Parliamentary Accountability please click here.

The preliminary schedule will be available within the next few weeks.


Directors: Natalia Ajenjo ( and Mariana LLanos(

Workshop Abstract – Comparing Legislatures Worldwide: Roles, Functions and Performance in Old and New Democracies.

In the last years, there has been a renewed interest in legislatures, their functions and performance. This has been, to a large extent, a consequence of the availability of new data on legislative output (particularly of young democracies) and the proliferation of alternative and sophisticated methodologies that make it possible to assess the dynamic interaction between Executives and legislatures. However, most of these important recent works are single case-studies, or comparative efforts that remain limited to particular geographical areas. The workshop welcomes works that enlarge the comparative perspective and bring together old and new cases from different regions, knowledge on the functioning of legislatures under different institutional settings, and, through this effort, bridge different methodological approaches. The main purpose of this workshop is to discuss empirical work on legislatures under presidential or parliamentary regimes as well as in the case of young and consolidated democracies. Three common themes are proposed: (1) the intervention of legislatures in the lawmaking process and law production;
(2) the performance of oversight activities, in relation to the Executive and the bureaucracy; and
(3) legislative organization, that is, the set of internal factors affecting legislatures’ capability to aggregate interests in the decision-making process.

PAPER PROPOSALS: Please send paper proposals fitting one or more or the lines of research as proposed above the sooner the better by email, with a title and abstract including research question, case/s, methodology and prospective results, to: and