International Affiliated Organizations
- The Speakership of European Parliaments in the contemporary age: the myth of “the servant of the House” or the partisan Speaker
- Forging Parliamentary Space: the Making of Assemblies in Europe and the Americas during the Age of Revolution
- La loi du 31 Mai 1850 et les origines du discours anti-parlementaire sous la Deuxième République Française
- Fighting for democracy (1855-1936): Republican MPs in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese monarchies
- The representation of women in the Sicilian Regional Assembly: lights and shadows of an Italian story
- The Role of Parliaments in Direct Democratic Processes: the Swiss, French and American Traditions
- The political role and the public image of the Parliament in Hungary and Romania before and after World War I: a comparative approach
- Silent and rump Parliament: the Polish Sejm in the years 1935-39
Models and Practices in the Evolution of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions
The session will collect papers ranging from the old assemblies of estates to the parliamentary debates in modern times. In that context, constituent periods and relationships between legislative and executive powers will be highlighted. Interesting case histories will be discussed about the formation and evolution of the representative institutions of the Cities and their relationship with different levels of governance, emphasizing the conflictual aspects.
Political theories and institutional practices will be analyzed from the point of view of the myth and reality of representation, dealing with all the aspects connected to the ideas, images and functions of Parliamentarism, as well as the debates about human rights and female representation, not neglecting the democratization processes. The role of Parliaments in some national cases, referring particularly to political and institutional transitions, will be also underlined for the area of Central-Eastern Europe.