Thirteenth Workshop of

Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians

29-30th July 2017

Wroxton College, Wroxton, Nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6PX

Sponsored by
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) & The Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull

 

 

WROXTON COLLEGE

 

Wroxton College is the overseas campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The College is housed in a magnificent 17th Century Jacobean mansion, the ancestral home of Lord North (Prime Minister under King George III), and nestling in 50 acres of its own landscaped grounds. When not attending sessions, participants will have an opportunity to explore the mansion and the grounds. The mansion has its own library, chapel, and spacious reading room. There is also a gymnasium in the basement. A guided tour of the house will be available on Saturday evening. Wi-fi is available throughout the College.

 

The village of Wroxton is also of interest, with thatched cottages and a parish church housing the remains of various members of the North family, several of them significant figures in the history of England.

ITINERARY

29-30th JULY 2017

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INFORMATION

FOR PARTICIPANTS

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WROXTON JULY 2017

ATTENDANCE LIST

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SATURDAY 29 JULY 2017
WELCOME (9.15am) LECTURE HALL

Dr Nicholas D. J. Baldwin – Dean, Wroxton College 

Professor The Lord Norton of Louth – Director, Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull 

SESSION 1 - PANEL A (9.30-11.00am) LECTURE HALL - Strengthening Legislatures: The Challenges

Chair: Nicholas Baldwin, Wroxton College 

What is international parliamentary assistance for? Getting to grips with the reality of politics in difficult places – Greg Power, Global Partners Governance 

Implementing legislative strengthening programmes: who is in control? – David E. Guinn, SUNY Center for International Development, and Jeffrey D. Straussman, University of Albany, SUNY (Link to PDF)

Can we be more strategic in our support for strategic planning in parliaments? – Victoria Ann Hasson, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (Link to PDF)

SESSION 1 - PANEL B (9.30-11.00am) REGENCY ROOM - Parliaments and Public Engagement 1

Chair: Hamid Ghany, University of the West Indies 

Public engagement in the National Assembly for Wales: developments and consequences – Diana Stirbu, London Metropolitan University 

The Role of Parliamentary Petitions in the 21st Century: reflections drawing from the 2015 House of Commons e-petitions system – Cristina Leston-Bandeira, University of Leeds (Link to PDF)

REFRESHMENTS (11.00am) BUTTERY
SESSION 2 - PANEL A (11.30-1.00pm) LECTURE HALL - Tackling Corruption in Legislatures

Chair: Rick Stapenhurst, McGll University

The role of parliaments in curbing corruption at the country level 

Ghana – Rasheed Draman, African Centre for Parliamentary Studies (Link to PDF)

Nigeria – Anthony Staddon, University of Westminster (Link to PDF)

The Caribbean – Rick Stapenhurst, McGill University and Laval University (Link to PDF)

Corruption in Latin American legislatures: setbacks, advances and prospects – Khemvirg Puente, National Autonomous University of Mexico (Link to PDF)

SESSION 2 - PANEL B (11.30-1.00am) REGENCY ROOM - The Legislative Process in China

Chair: Colleen Lewis, Monash University

Modes of executive-legislative relations in the Chinese legislative process – Wenbo Chen, Beihang University (Link to PDF)

Selective openness: an evaluation of open-door legislation in China – Ying Sun, Sun Yat-sen University, and Xiang Zhang, Renmin University of China (Link to PDF)

LUNCH (1.00pm) DINING HALL
SESSION 3 - PANEL A (2.00-3.30am) LECTURE HALL - Parliaments and Public Engagement 2

Chair: Cristina Leston-Bandeira, University of Leeds 

Enhanced representation and local engagement: the Platform Project – David E. Guinn, SUNY Centre for International Development (Link to PDF) 

How parliaments can better understand the value of narratives for political engagement – Alex Prior, University of Leeds (Link to PDF)

Empowering People through public engagement: the case of Senate of Pakistan’s outreach programme – Senator Rubina Irfan, Senate of Pakistan (Link to PDF)

SESSION 3 - PANEL B (2.00-3.30am) REGENCY ROOM - Legislative Organisation and Influence 1

Chair: Diana Stirbu, London Metropolitan University

An examination of committee systems in parliaments of small states: a study of Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica – Maukesh Basdeo, University of the West Indies (Link to PDF)

The independence of the Clerk: ‘Friendly to all but friends with no one’ – Peter Patmore, University of Tasmania (Link to PDF)

Suspending MPs: controversies from Trinidad and Tobago – Hamid Ghany, University of the West Indies (Link to PDF)

REFRESHMENTS (3.30pm) BUTTERY
SESSION 4 - PANEL A (4.00-5.30am) LECTURE HALL - Parliaments in Changing Times 1

Chair: Lauren C. Bell, Randolph-Macon College 

The Toxic Trust Deficit: A Shared Responsibility – Colleen Lewis, Monash University (Link to PDF)

Parliaments in the European Union as the masters of membership in the club and its precise terms: the case of Brexit – Valentin Kreilinger, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (Link to PDF)

The Legislature as whipping tool – Ibraheem O. Muheeb, Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, and Orisadare Jibola Lawal, Ogun State College of Health Technology (Link to PDF)

Head of state-parliament relations in the Pacific Islands: echoes of Empire – Richard Herr, University of Tasmania (Link to PDF)

SESSION 4 - PANEL B (4.00-5.30am) REGENCY ROOM - Enhancing Parliamentary Oversight

Chair: Greg Power, Global Partners Governance 

The role of parliaments in international affairs: fostering democracy through the oversight of governmental action – Elena Griglio, Italian Senate and Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome (Link to PDF 1) (Link to PDF 2)

Democratic accountability and parliamentary oversight over the central banks. The Banking Union experience – Diane Fromage, Maastricht University, and Renato Ibrido, Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome  (Link to PDF)

Legislating for development – engaging the legislature in achieving sustainable development – Benjamin Ekeyi and Deji Olaore, National Assembly of Nigeria (Link to PDF)

WORK OF THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION AND THE WESTMINSTER FOUNDATION FOR DEMOCRACY (5.30pm)

5.30 p.m.        Work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Westminster

Foundation for Democracy

Andy Richardson (IPU) and Franklin De Vrieze (WFD)

[Meet in the Lecture Hall]

TOUR OF THE MAIN BUILDING (6.10pm) Assemble in the GREAT HALL

6.10 p.m.         Tour of the main building

[Assemble Great Hall]

The tour is open to all who have registered for the Workshop and is not confined to those who have booked for dinner

 

DRINKS RECEPTION (7.00pm) BUTTERY
DINNER (7.30pm) DINING HALL
SUNDAY 30 JULY 2017
SESSION 5 - PANEL A (9.15-10.45am) LECTURE HALL - Capacity Building in Legislatures

Chair: Khemvirg Puente, National Autonomous University of Mexico 

Strengthening the capacity of parliaments through development of Parliamentary Research Services – Fotios Fitsilis and Alexandros Koutsogiannis, Hellenic Parliament (Link to PDF)

The place of parliamentary training institutes in enhancing parliamentary democracy: the case of Kenya’s Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training – Nyokabi Kamau, Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training, Kenya (Link to PDF)

 Parliamentary Training and Research – Senator Sassui Palijo – Pakistan Senate (Link to PDF)

 

SESSION 5 - PANEL B (9.15-10.45am) REGENCY ROOM - The Legislative Process in China (2)

Chair: Wenbo Chen, Beihang University

Automated evaluation of Deputy social responsiveness in China’s People’s Congresses – Yan Xingjian, East China University of Political Science and Law (Link to PDF)

Capacity-building, public participation, and resilience of an authoritarian state: development of a responsive legislature in a post-Communist China – Chun-chih Chang, Xiamen University, and Chien-min Chao, The Chinese Culture University (Link to PDF)

REFRESHMENTS (10.45am) BUTTERY
SESSION 6 - PANEL A (11.15-12.30am) LECTURE HALL - Legislative Organisation and Influence (2)

Chair: Peter Patmore, University of Tasmania 

Obstruction in parliaments: a cross-national perspective – Lauren C. Bell, Randolph-Macon College (Link to PDF)

Can small parties influence legislation in the British House of Commons? – Louise Thompson, University of Surrey (Link to PDF)

 

SESSION 6 - PANEL B (11.15-12.30am) REGENCY ROOM - Parliaments and Communication

Chair: Maukesh Basdeo, University of the West Indies 

Communicating Parliament – let’s visualise – Elsie Simpamba, National Assembly of Zambia (Link to PDF)

The art of persuasive discourse in parliament – a comparative analysis of Australian parliaments with those of the United Kingdom – Andréa Cullen, ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra (Link to PDF)

LUNCH (12.30pm) DINING HALL
SESSION 7 - PLENARY (1.30-3.00pm) LECTURE HALL - PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT

Chair: Lord Norton of Louth

Plenary discussion on how to strengthen parliamentary oversight, ahead of the publication of the IPU Global Parliamentary Report on parliamentary oversight, with contributions from Meg Munn and Andy Williamson who have contributed to the report. 

CLOSE of WORKSHOP (3.00pm) Professor The Lord Norton of Louth

Refreshments will be served in the Buttery