Global Conference on Parliamentary studies

Call for Papers


Organized by Ludovika - University of Public Service,
Department of Constitutional and Comparative Public Law

Budapest, 12-13 May, 2022 (hybrid conference)

Even if democracy is not, at least the number of legislatures – together with their members and budgets – is constantly growing worldwide. Devolution,  federalization,  secession,  regionalization,  integration  and  internationalization  –  all  these  lead  to  new  parliamentary  institutions  at  various  levels  of  government. As a result, there is more and more for scholars of various disciplines to discover, analyse and evaluate.

This expanding universe of parliaments is what brought both the International Journal of Parliamentary Studies and this conference to life. Both aim to tear down the clearly existing  walls  between  political  science  and  law,  scholarship  and  practice,  national and international approaches. It is planned that each year scholars of parliamentary studies, an emerging interdisciplinary field of scholarship, come together to share ideas, viewpoints and findings on parliamentary and legislative issues.

The conveners invite scholars from all countries to submit abstracts related but not limited to the following topics.  

•    Theoretical and empirical aspects of parliaments
•    Parliaments and socio-economic challenges
•    Constitutional changes and legislative reforms
•    Lawmaking and executive control: finding the balance
•    Political and legal aspects of parliamentary rules and procedures
•    Parliamentary elections, coalition formation and representation

Fully formed panels are also welcome. All panels are to be followed by a Q&A session.

The conference programme will be concluded by an evening reception in the Hungarian National Assembly (TBC), to which all conference speakers are invited.

Submissions are possible from scholars of any stage (PhD students to post-docs) and discipline (law, political science, social sciences) interested in parliamentary/legislative research. Proposals should be submitted by 15 February 2022 via the following link.

Accepted participants will be notified by 11 March 2022; they will then have to submit a full conference paper by 2 May 2022. Papers should be not shorter than 25,000 and no longer than 50,000 characters (footnotes included). The conveners intend to seek publication of selected conference papers in a special issue of the International Journal of Parliamentary Studies or an edited volume, published by Ludovika - University of Public Service. A book of abstracts is also planned to be published.
There is no registration fee for the event, which will be held as a hybrid conference; therefore, it will be possible to join online. If presenting on site, participants are responsible for their travel and
accommodation costs. The conveners are grateful to Brill Publishers, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Ludovika - University of Public Service for the generous donation on the local costs. General questions about the event may be sent to this e-mail:

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