This group focuses on the study of parliament 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 (, Sean Haughey (, Caroline Bhattacharya ( and Diana Stirbu ( Our Communications Officer is Chris Monaghan (, and our Treasurer and Membership Officer is Ruxandra Serban ( Please get in touch if you would like further information or have any suggestions for the group.

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Stephen Holden Bates

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Birmingham


Sean Haughey

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Liverpool


Caroline Bhattacharya

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Helsinki


Diana Stirbu

Role: Convenor
Institution: London Metropolitan University


Chris Monaghan

Role: Communications Officer
Institution: University of Worcester


Ruxandra Serban

Role: Membership Officer and Treasurer 
Institution: London School Of Economics (LSE)


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Group Events

Specialist Group event
02 Nov
Deadline to Submit Abstracts 15 September 2023