Friday 6 June 2008

Parliaments and Legislatures

Back from Brussels - where I was there as a 'politician' - today I am in Hull looking at politics from the point of view of an academic. The Parliaments and Legislatures Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association hold their annual conference.
The papers which will be presented and discussed are -

‘How do we create a Parliamentary convention? A fudged issue in the War Powers debate’
Humphry Crum Ewing, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

‘How the Freedom of Information Act affects Parliament: the ‘sword’ and the ‘shield’’
Benjamin Worthy, Constitution Unit, University College London.

‘A Less Expert House? The House of Lords and Welfare Policy’
Hugh Bochel and Andrew Defty, University of Lincoln.

'Legislation from an Executive Perspective'
Jeffrey Weinberg, Legislative Attorney, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, USA.

'Parliament and the Challenge of State Funding of Political Parties in Ghana'
Cyril Nsiah, The Parliament of Ghana, Ghana.

'The Scottish Public Petitions Committee'
Richard Hough, The Scottish Parliament.

'Legislative Viscosity in the Scottish Parliament'
Steven MacGregor, University of Hull.

The website of the group can be found at http://www.psa.ac.uk/spgrp/parl/ParlLeg.asp