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26 March -  Event - Public Engagement and its Impact on Parliaments conference

The International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN) is organising this virtual conference to:

  • Share good practice & identify key challenges 
  • Exchange information between practitioners and academics.
  • Enhance parliamentary public engagement practices

There will be 3 hubs beginning in Australia, continuing in Europe, and finishing in Brazil. Each hub will feature talks and interactive workshops on a range of topical issues surrounding parliamentary public engagement. These will be led by academics and practitioners from around the respective hub geographic regions.

All details including programmes of each hub can be found on the conference website.

Deadline to register: 19 March 2021

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8 January - Report - Parliaments and the Pandemic 

The UK Study of Parliament Group (SPG) published a collection of essays reflecting on the experience of parliaments in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. 

The essays – written by current and former parliamentary staff, academics and others working in and on parliaments – examine how parliaments innovated and adapted their working practices to cope with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, and also consider the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to fulfil their roles of legislating, facilitating debate and holding government to account. 

The essays focus mainly on Westminster and the UK’s devolved legislatures but also document the experience of the Crown dependencies and the New Zealand and Bahrain legislatures.

A downloadable pdf version and information to purchase hard copies can be found on this website.

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30 December 2020 - Report - Parliaments and Post-Legislative Scrutiny

To what extent have parliaments a responsibility to monitor how laws are implemented as intended and have the expected impact? 

Is the practice of Post-Legislative Scrutiny emerging as a new dimension within the oversight role of parliament? What approach do parliaments apply in assessing the implementation and impact of legislation? These are some of the questions guiding this book.

Based on case studies and analysis, this book clarifies the definition of “Post Legislative Scrutiny” and demonstrates the value of Post-Legislative Scrutiny as a public good, benefiting the executive, legislature and the people in ensuring that law delivers what is expected of it.  

This book is the result of the co-operation between the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of The Journal of Legislative Studies.

To purchase the report, visit this website.

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2020 - Report - Handbook of Parliamentary Studies - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Legislatures

This comprehensive Handbook takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of parliaments, offering novel insights into the key aspects of legislatures, legislative institutions and legislative politics. Connecting rich and diverse fields of inquiry, it illuminates how the study of parliaments has shaped a wider understanding surrounding politics and society over the past decades. 

Edited by: Cyril Benoît, CNRS Researcher and Olivier Rozenberg, Associate Professor, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po, France

More information here.