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 Summer School builds on the success of the 2010 (Bamberg), 2012 (Lisbon), 2014 (Brussels), 2017 (Humboldt University Berlin) and 2019 (University of Lisbon) and 2022 (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 commonly have 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 location and dates for the 2024 summer school and line-up of instructors will be announced at a later date.

Kaare Strøm Prize

For the best paper presented by a participant at our Summer School, we award the Kaare Strøm Prize. The previous prize winners have been:

  1. Jack Sheldon (University of Cambridge) for his paper: “Substantive representation of sub-state territories in central legislatures”, presented at the Summer School 2019 in Lisbon.
  2. Simon Davidsson (University of Lund) for his paper: “The Development of West European Parliamentarism: A Party-System Explanation”, presented at the Summer School 2022 in Lisbon.