Eighth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and
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26-27 July 2008
purpose of the Workshop is to bring together scholars and
parliamentarians in order that research findings likely to be of
practical use to parliamentarians can be presented and discussed.
The Workshop builds on the success of the previous Workshops, the
first held in Berlin in 1994 and the other six at Wroxton College,
now the established venue for the event.
Among themes to be covered at this Workshop
are (1) legislative ethics and accountability, with papers on the
adoption of the accounting officer model in Canada, the domestic
effects of legislative ethics reform in the UK, parliamentary
scrutiny and oversight of the 'war on terror', and government
accountability in parliamentary democracies: a case study of
Sweden. (2) Parliaments and the Internet, with papers on European
Parliaments online, the impact of the Internet on the Chinese
National People's Congress, and the ethics of electronic
communication. (3) Developments in the UK Parliament, with papers
on Westminster territorial select committees, early day motions,
the role of the independent MPs, the House of Lords, and a
comparison of the Westminster and Scottish parliaments. (4)
Gendered ceremony and ritual in parliaments, with papers on India,
South Africa and the UK.
The Workshop is sponsored by the Inter-Parliamentary Union
(IPU), the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists of the
International Political Science Association (IPSA), and the Centre
for Legislative Studies, in conjunction with the Dean of Wroxton
College, Dr Nicholas Baldwin.