The PSA Specialist Group on Parliaments focuses on the study of parliaments and legislatures, and our members include single country specialists as well as those with comparative interests. Our research encompasses questions about executive-legislative relations, scrutiny, organisation and procedure, committees, institutional change and reform, parliamentary parties, representation, parliamentary careers, public engagement and trust.

Our members work on a wide range of legislatures, at national, sub-national and supra-national levels of governance, and encompass both modern and historical perspectives, as well as qualitative and quantitative approaches.

The Group Convenors are Stephen Holden Bates ( and Louise Thompson ( Our Communications Officer is Gavin Hart ( and our Treasurer is Seán Haughey ( Please get in touch if you would like further information or have any suggestions for the group.


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