Fourteenth Workshop of

Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians

27-28th July 2019

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

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




Paradox of Parliamentarianism

BjØrn Erik Rasch, University of Oslo


Parliaments: orphan institutions of democratic development

Jonathan Murphy, International Democracy and Governance Consultancy

The paradox of openness, accountability and trust in legislatures

Meg Russell, University College London

Recommended benchmarks for democratic legislatures

Anthony Staddon and Meenakshi Dhar, McGill University

Parliaments in the global governance system

Juan de Dios Cincunegui, Chamber of Deputies, National Congress of Argentina

 ‘So you want your MP to be a local?’ MPs and local connections with their constituencies inthe UK

Michael Rush, University of Exeter

Going Local: How the electoral incentive shapes political behaviour in developing democracies

Greg Power, Global Partners Governance (GPG)

The post-legislative scrutiny gap

Tom Caygill, University of Newcastle

Post-legislative scrutiny: connecting Parliament with the Public

Sue Griffiths, Global Partners Governance (GPG) and Baroness Suttie, House of Lords

Engagement of legislators in policy making and post-legislative scrutiny: a case study of Parliament in Nepal since 1991

Sanjaya Mahato, GSSR Warsaw, Rupesh Kumar Sah, Federal Parliament of Nepal, and Pooja Chaudhary, Advocate

Parliamentary control over delegated legislation in Japan

Katsuhiro Musashi, Doshisha University

Parliamentary oversight of sustainable development goals and the application of post-legislative scrutiny principles

Fotis Fitsilis, Hellenic Parliament, and Franklin De Vrieze, Westminster Foundation for Democracy

The role of parliaments in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): a study of multi-parliamentary cooperation and Southeast Asian parliaments

Ratih Adiputri,University of Jyväskylä

Can governance be improved through parliamentary Strengthening Development Programming in post-conflict fragile countries?  An exploratory comparative analysis of how context shapes programming

David E. Guinn, SUNY Center for International Development,and Jeffery D. Straussman, University at Albany

Advancing the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) through Malaysia Parliamentary Reforms

Muhamad Sayuti bin Hassan @ Yahya, Sultan Idris Education Universityand Idzuafi Hadi Kamilan, Parliament of Malaysia

More assertive than ever before?  The role(s) and power (s) of the European Parliament in the UK’s withdrawal negotiations

Monika Brusenbauch Meislová, Masaryk University Brno

Parliaments and Ministers: the impact of ministerial codes of conduct

Mark Shephard, University of Strathclyde

The challenges for ministerial responsibility posed by parliamentary requirements for special majority legislation: the effect of the Canadian Bill of Rights model for human rights in Trinidad and Tobago

Hamid Ghany, The University of the West Indies

Restoration, renewal, rebuilding and construction of Parliament buildings: a case study analysis of the impact of these architectural options on parliamentary democracy

Andrea Cullen, ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra

‘Let’s have a chat’: the significance of informal space in parliaments

Lord Norton of Louth, University of Hull/House of Lords

Tocquevillian restraint or Millian profiteering? Parliamentary remuneration in long-term comparative perspective

Nicholas Dickinson, University of Exeter

It’s not personal, it’s strictly politics: Spanish MPs and voters’ personalities

Carlos Galais, UAB, Xavier Coller, UPO, Elena Gonzalez Rojo, UPO

Encouraging a longer time horizon: The Committee for the Future in the Finnish Eduskunta

Vesa Koskimaa, Åbo Akademi University, and Tapio Raunio, Tampere University

Challenging Arend Lijphart’s Hybrid VI: The case of Guyana

Hamid Ghany, The University of the West Indies

Rethinking the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament: The Republic’s Legislative Development Imperative

Maukesh Basdeo, The University of the West Indies

Advocacy and policy change

Merwin Salazar, Senate of the Philippines

How MPs scrutinise science and technology: developments in the House of Commons during the 20thcentury

Emmeline Ledgerwood, University of Leicester/British Library

Legislators’ pathway to power: intra-party competition, clientelism and unresponsive representatives in Ghana

Martin Acheampong, University of Bamberg

Impeachment investigation panel under the Nigerian 1999 Constitution: an anatomy of a dilemma

Emmanuel O. Anyaegbunam, African Centre for Parliamentary and Constitutional Studies

Budget padding or padding the budget: resolving the crisis of serial budget padding allegations against the Nigerian National Assembly in the Fourth Republic

Gafar Idowu  Ayodeji, Tai Solarin University of Education, ljagun, and Lawal Jibola Orisadare, Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese-Ijebu



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.