Joint RECON/IPSA workshop

Changing Modes of Parliamentary Representation

WP 3 – Representation and Institutional Make-up

WP 3 events 

Prague, 14-15 October 2011


Venue: Academic Conference Centre, Prague 1, Jilská 4a

Organised by IPSA’s Research Committee on Legislative Specialists (RC08) in cooperation with RECON’s work package 3 ‘Representation and Institutional Make-up’.

Read more on the research objectives of WP 3 and on the overall research objectives of RECON.


Workshop summary (D88) (pdf)


The processes of Europeanization and globalization fundamentally influence the roles and functioning of parliaments on many levels. Within the evolving system of multinational governance, parliaments on national, subnational and supranational level respond and adapt to these changes in multiple ways. This workshop explores the patterns in which parliaments function within transnational governance, as well as the transforming linkages between democratic legitimacy, representation and accountability. It also addresses the interaction between parliaments and organized interest groups, civil society organizations, as well as lobbying groups.


Programme (Download pdf)                                                                            


Friday 14 October 2011



Werner J. Patzelt, Christopher Lord, Zdenka Mansfeldova


Panel I: Parliaments in the System of Multilevel Governance  

Chair: Werner J. Patzelt, University of Dresden
Discussant: Christopher Lord, ARENA, University of Oslo 

Structuring the multilevel parliamentary field: Institutional learning and role conceptions in national parliaments  

Aron Buzogány, German Research institute for Public Administration Speyer

The adaptation of the Baltic Parliaments to the EU multilevel governance: The case of Lithuania

Anne-Sylvie Pigeonnier, University of Luxembourg

Measuring the Europeanisation of national parliaments 

Astrid Spreitzer, University of Luxembourg

National Parliaments and the EU directives

Jan Grinc, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Law




Panel II: Parliaments in the Processes of Democratization: Reaching New Frontiers

Chair: Zdenka Mansfeldová, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Discussant: Michael Edinger, University of Jena

MP recruitment and representation: Two decades of change in the Republic of Moldova

William Crowther, University of Noth Carolina, Greensboro

Evolutionary institutionalism and its application to the legislative institutionalization process in East Germany 20 years ago 

Werner J. Patzelt, University of Dresden

The Parliamentary Diplomacy Role in the Eruopean Parliament in the MERCOSUR Parliament

Cícero Krupp da Luz, University of São Paulo and Sciences Po, Paris


Coffee break


Panel III: Parliaments and Political Parties

Chair: Suzanne S. Schüttelmeyer, University Halle-Wittenberg
Discussant: Petra Guasti, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Parliamentarians and representation: Attitudes towards roles, policy and unity in Sweden, 1985 to 2006

David Willumsen, European University Institute

Party unity in evolving parliamentary democracies: The impact of democratic competition and the socialization of representatives 

Erik Fritzsche, University of Dresden


Official dinner for paper givers, chairs and discussants, hosted by the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 

Saturday 15 October 2011


Panel IV: RECON – Representation and Institutional Make-up

Chair: Christopher Lord, ARENA, University of Oslo
Discussant: Aron Buzogány, German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer

Representative claims making: Some theoretical and methodological reflections applied to European parliamentary debates 

Christopher Lord, ARENA , University of Oslo

When quantity matters: Performance and re-election in the European Parliament

Manos Sigalas, Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies

Europeanisation of parliaments in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenge or asset to the processes of democratic representation 

Petra Guasti, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic


Coffee break


Panel V: Changing Modes of Democratic Representation (1/2)

Chair: Petra Guasti, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Discussants: William Crowther, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Representation vs. legislative accountability: Changing roles and functions of parliament  

Okyeon Yi, Seoul National University and University of Leiden

Coping with corporatism in decline and the revival of parliament: Interest group lobbyism in Denmark and Norway, 1980-2005

Hilmar Rommetvedt, International Research Institute of Stavanger, University of Stavanger,  Gunnar Thesen, International Research Institute of Stavanger, Peter Munk Christiansen, Aarhus University, and Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard, Univresity of Southern Denmark

Legislative socialization and democratic representation: Comparing two German state legislatures

Jens Borchert and Claudia Huelsken, University Frankfurt




Panel V: Changing Modes of Democratic Representation (2/2)

The impact of linkages between citizens and representatives on political trust in France and Germany

Oscar W. Gabriel, Uwe Bollow, Mirjam Dageförde and Florian Radbuza, University of Stuttgart 

From theory to practice: Political representation in France 

Sylvain Brouard, Eric Kerrouche and Elisa Deiss-Helbig, Centre Emile Durkheim, Sciences Po Bordeaux

“Going home”: Members of the German Bundestag working their constituencies

Sven T. Siefken and Danny Schindler, University Halle-Wittenberg


Coffee break


RCLS meeting


Free program


Common dinner

Organisational note

Estimated arrival 13 October 2011, departure 16 October 2011

Accommodation is possible (for those interested) at the Guesthouse of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, at the participants’ own expense. There is a limited number of rooms (23 including, 16 double rooms), the cost is  approximately 55 Euro per person and night, including breakfast. The rooms will be allocated to interested participants with accepted papers on a first-come-first-serve basis. For other participants, the organisers can recommend accommodation fit to participants’ needs – financial and other – but the booking and payment is to be done by individual participants. 

Call for papers (deadline 15 May 2011)

Programme committee

Chair: Zdenka Mansfeldová

Workshop coordinator: Petra Guasti

Phone: +420 210 310 237 or +420 210 310 563

For any questions and inquiries please contact: [email protected]