Welcome to the Wroxton Workshop of
Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE STAFF AT WROXTON COLLEGE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS EVENT SO SUCCESSFUL, AND TO ALL THE DELEGATES AND PAPER GIVERS WHO ATTENDED OUR 2017 WORKSHOP
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK FOR OUR 2019 WORKSHOP (SAT 27TH & SUN 28TH JULY)
THE START OF WROXTON 2019
The first Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians was held at the Berlin Science Centre in 1994. It was co-sponsored by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull, and the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (RCLS) of the International Political Science Association. The Centre for Legislative Studies was responsible for the organisation and has remained so ever since. The success of the Workshop led to it being a biennial event, co-sponsored by the IPU and the Centre for Legislative Studies, held from the second Workshop onwards at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire in the UK, an ideal venue for the event.
The purpose of the Workshop is distinctive in that it exists to bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order that research findings likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians can be presented and discussed. It provides an opportunity not only for the findings to be presented and discussed, but also for members of parliaments to meet informally with scholars to discuss their research. On occasion, papers are themselves presented by parliamentarians and in recent Workshops the practice has developed of having a plenary session to enable participants, especially parliamentarians, to discuss means of strengthening parliaments.
The 2017 Workshop is the thirteenth. The fourteenth will be held in July 2019, again at Wroxton College.