Twelfth Workshop of

Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians


25-26th July 2015





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 - Legislative Capacity Building

Chair: Rick Stapenhurst, McGill University 

Academic research influences on practitioners in legislative development – Robert Nakamura, University of Albany, SUNY, and Malcolm-Russell Einhorn, University of Massachusetts, Boston (Link to PDF)

Emerging trends and experiences with USAID legislative programming in semi-authoritarian states – Tomas Bridle, USAID 

Supporting legislative development within the political context: legislatures as political actors and participants – David E. Guinn, State University of New York (Link to PDF)

Assisting legislatures in developing their capacities: two-decade experience with the Ukrainian legislature – Irina Khmelko and Michael Bonnal, Economics University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 

SESSION 1 - PANEL B (9.30-11.00am) REGENCY ROOM - The Impact of Internal and External Rules

Chair: John Owens, Westminster University 

Open or secret: parliamentary rules on secret votes – Francesca Biondi and Irene Pellizzone, University of Milan (Link to PDF)

Term limits, recall and second ballots: the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 – Hamid Ghany, University of the West Indies (Link to PDF)

The extremes and absurdities of impeachment and impeachment proceedings – Ibraheem Oladipo Muheeb and Emmanuel Remi Aiyede, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Link to PDF)

SESSION 2 - PANEL A (11.30-1.00pm) LECTURE HALL - Parliament, Public Engagement and Poverty Reduction

Chair: Emma Crewe, SOAS 

Parliament, public engagement and poverty reduction in Bangladesh – Nizam Ahmed, Chittagong University/SOAS, and Zahir Ahmed, Jahangirnagar University/SOAS (Link to PDF)

Parliament, public engagement and poverty reduction in Ethiopia: opportunities and challenges – Meheret Ayenew, Forum for Social Sciences, Addis Ababa, and SOAS (Link to PDF)

Parliament, public engagement and poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia: management and methodology – Emma Crewe, SOAS, and Ruth Fox, Hansard Society (Link to PDF)

SESSION 2 - PANEL B (11.30-1.00am) REGENCY ROOM - Law Making and Political Representation in China

Chair: Richard Herr, University of Tasmania 

Does the legislature matter? Executive-legislative relations in the Chinese legislative process – Wenbo Chen, University of Hull 

The impact of social media on China’s multi-level political representation: a case study of Shandong Province – Mingyang Liu, Shandong University, and Xuidian Dai, University of Hull 

SESSION 3 - PANEL A (2.00-3.30am) LECTURE HALL - Strengthening Legislatures

Chair: Patrick Herminie, National Assembly of Seychelles 

Building legitimacy through dialogue within and beyond parliament in a democratic transition: a case study of Tunisia after the Jasmine Revolution – Jonathan Murphy, Cardiff University and UNDP Tunisia (Link to PDF)

Creating and implementing a Kenya model of parliamentary development – Robert Nakamura, Heather Senecal and Andrea Wolfe, University of Albany, SUNY (Link to PDF)

Parliamentary reforms through parliamentary procedure: a lesson-learnt from the Indonesian Parliament – Ratih D. Adiputri, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (Link to PDF)

SESSION 3 - PANEL B (2.00-3.30am) REGENCY ROOM - Parliamentary Oversight

Chair: Julienne Nana, Centre for Public Policy and Parliamentary Studies 

Comparing oversight in Francophone and Westminster parliamentary systems – Louis Imbeau, Laval University, and Rick Stapenhurst, McGill University (Link to PDF)

Keeping tabs on the executive: the engagement of the Finnish Eduskunta in foreign affairs – Tapio Raunio, University of Tampere (Link to PDF)

Economic crisis and parliamentary autonomy: the ill-fated Greek Parliament – Emmanuel Sigalas, Czech Institute of International Relations, Prague 

SESSION 4 - PANEL A (4.00-5.30am) LECTURE HALL - Professionalisation and Careers

Chair: Dhammika Dasanayake, Parliament of Sri Lanka 

Why should the job of MPs be defined or delimited? – Susan Hattis Rolef, former researcher, Knesset Research and Information Centre (Link to PDF)

Climbing the greasy pole: achieving Cabinet office in the UK, 1945-2015 – Michael Rush, University of Exeter (Link to PDF)

Political outsiders in post-Communist cabinets: careers and accountability – Elena Semenova, Free University Berlin 

Committee assignment in the Spanish Parliament: an informational approach – Beatriz Camacho and Pablo Oñate, University of Valencia 

SESSION 4 - PANEL B (4.00-5.30am) REGENCY ROOM - Transparency and Accountability

Chair: Melanie Sully, Institute for Go-Governance, Vienna 

Parliamentary codes of conduct and the accountability of parliamentarians – Ken Coghill, Monash University, Julia Thornton, RMIT University, Cristina Neesham, Swinburne University, and Abel Kinyondo, University of Dar es Salaam (Link to PDF)

Are Mexican legislators accountable? Transparency, new technologies and accountability in the Mexican national and subnational legislatures – Khemvirg Puente and Issa Luna Pla, National Autonomous University of Mexico (Link to PDF)

Enhancing transparency: how to get tailor-made information from the government? Experiences from the Flemish Parliament – Michiel Elst, Flemish Parliament (Link to PDF)



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

SESSION 5 - PANEL A (9.15-10.45am) LECTURE HALL - Theorising and Model Building

Chair: Sue Griffiths, Global Partners Governance 

Understanding parliaments as self-organising systems: theoretical challenges and empirical clues – Krzysztof Kasianiuk, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw (Link to PDF)

Explaining the use of parliamentary questions by political parties: beyond electoral incentives – Tom Louwerse, Trinity College, Dublin, Simon Otjes, Groningen University, and Senna Maatoug, Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (Link to PDF)

SESSION 5 - PANEL B (9.15-10.45am) REGENCY ROOM - Westminster in Context

Chair: Hamid Ghany, University of the West Indies 

Westminster model or Westminster muddle? A term in search of meaning – Meg Russell, University College London (Link to PDF)

PMQs and/or OQs? The state of questions and answers and counter-questioning during Prime Minister’s Questions in the UK – Mark Shephard, University of Strathclyde (Link to PDF)

What the Public Reading Pilot tells us about Parliament and Engagement – Cristina Leston-Bandeira, University of Hull, and Louise Thompson, University of Surrey (Link to PDF)

Battles on many fronts: education scrutiny and debate in the UK in the 21st Century – J. David Morgan, Open University (Link to PDF)

SESSION 6 - PANEL A (11.15-12.30am) LECTURE HALL - The Challenge of Bicameralism

Chair: Tapio Raunio, University of Tampere 

Upper chambers in the EU: scrutinising Belgian and German bicameralism – Maria Romaniello, LUISS Centre for Parliamentary Studies (Link to PDF)

Joint parliamentary administration for an asymmetric bicameralism? The challenges posed by the constitutional reform of the Italian Senate – Elena Griglio, Italian Senate, and Nicola Lupo, LUISS University (Link to PDF)

How much of localism is in the national parliament? – Jana Reschová, Charles University Law School, Prague 

SESSION 6 - PANEL B (11.15-12.30am) REGENCY ROOM - Theorising and Model Building

Chair: Simon Otjes, University of Groningen 

Cultural adaptation of the Westminster model in Fiji and Samoa – Richard Herr, University of Tasmania (Link to PDF)

Time in parliaments and parliaments in time – Michael Koss, Ludwig-Maxmilians-University (Link to PDF)

Parliaments’ sense of time – Francesca Rosa, University of Foggia (Link to PDF)

SESSION 7 - PLENARY (1.30-3.00pm) LECTURE HALL - Support for Parliaments

Chair: Ken Coghill, Monash University 

A discussion based on the IPU report on Common Principles for Support to Parliaments – (Link to PDF)

The discussion will be led by Greg Power, lead author of the 2012 IPU/UNDP

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

Refreshments will be served in the Buttery