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We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.
Our groups and networks are pushing the boundaries of specialist sub-fields of political science, helping to nurture diversity and inclusivity across the discipline.
This unique event has helped tens of thousands of scholars over nearly five decades hone research, grow networks and secure publishing contracts.
An engaging platform for discussion, debate and thinking; Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists from across the globe.
A comprehensive programme of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative methodological training delivered by experts across two annual events.
Inspired by Harbour House, our HQ which provides a literal and metaphorical ‘home’ for the ECPR family, this lecture series seeks to open doors to some of the most pressing issues and challenges in the discipline.
Our Standing Groups organise a range of annual events, including summer schools, conferences and workshops, open to all.
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Legislative Studies is an important and growing subfield of Political Science. The Standing Group on Parliaments' aim is to promote comparative research and theory-building on the institutionalisation, capacity, operation, and performance of legislatures. It also promotes the dissemination of such research through conferences, workshops, summer schools and publications. Core interests of the Group’s members are: assembly institutionalisation – the development of organisational patterns, rules and procedures; assembly capacity – the formal powers and resources of parliaments; and assembly operation – the dynamics of the party system and legislative-executive balance.
The Standing Group’s overall aim is to promote comparative research and theory-building on the institutionalisation, capacity, operation, and performance of legislatures and the dissemination of such research. The Standing Group is both the starting point for those interested in studying legislatures and the meeting point for existing scholars in the field. The Standing Group on Parliaments brings together scholars dedicated to the study of legislatures, including but not limited to parliaments and congresses, across the world.
The Standing Group aims to:
The activities of the standing group include its biennial conference on legislative studies, the summer school on parliaments, organisation of workshops and sections at the ECPR Joint Sessions and ECPR General conference, and other events and activities that foster scholarly exchange in the field of legislative studies.
The Steering Committee of the Standing Group on Parliaments comprises of five members