PADEMIA Third Annual Conference, 19-20 May 2016, Brussels

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The third and last Annual Conference in the framework of the PADEMIA project took place in Brussels on 19-20 May 2016.

The conference consisted of parallel thematic workshops organised along the lines of PADEMIA’s seven research themes. Keynote speeches from external practitioners and EU decision makers further elaborated on the themes of the project. Moreover, the winners of the student paper competition as well as the annual research and teaching awards were announced.

Prizes were awarded in three different categories:

1)      The PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Research on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe 2016

2)      The PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Teaching on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe 2016

3)      The PADEMIA Student Paper Prize 2016

The conference also served as a platform for the partner institutions to meet and discuss the management, activities and timelines of the project. Moreover, it enabled the partners to exchange teaching practices on the subject of parliamentary democracy in Europe, to offer opportunities to make contacts in Brussels, and to enhance collaboration and develop synergies for research and publications.

Programme of the conference

 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

 

10.30 – 12.00: Meeting of the Steering Committee (Steering Committee Members only)

12.00 – 13.00: Registration and Sandwich Lunch

13.00 – 14.15: PADEMIA General Assembly (PADEMIA Members only)

14.15 – 14.30: Coffee Break

 

14.30 – 16.00: First Set of Thematic Workshops

1) The influence of parliaments over public policies – chair: Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po Paris

2) Explaining issue variation: which EU matters are scrutinized by national   parliaments? – chair: Tapio Raunio, University of Tampere

 

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee Break

 

16.30 – 18.00: Second Set of Thematic Workshops

3) Referendums and parliamentary democracy – chair: Julie Smith, University of
Cambridge

4) European parliaments and crisis management – chair: Zlatko Sabic, University of Ljubljana

 

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee Break

 

18.30 : Keynote Speech by Kaare Strom, University of California: “The perils of Parliamentary Democracy and the Madisonian Turn”

 

19.30: Reception Dinner & announcement of PADEMIA awards 2016

 

Friday, 20 May 2016

 

8.30-9.00: Welcome coffee

9.00 – 10.30: Insights of three years of research on parliamentary democracy part I

10.30 – 11.00: Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30: Insights of three years of research on parliamentary democracy part II

12.30 – 12.45: Concluding words by Geoffrey Edwards, University of Cambridge

12.45 – 13.45: Sandwich Lunch

 

Venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels

 

More detailed information about the panels and the thematic workshops can be found here.

More information about the PADEMIA project

Share your News with the PADEMIA Community

logo_pademia_grootDear PADEMIA Community,

Don’t forget to share your news with your colleagues! PADEMIA, via its website, mailing list and newsletter offers a splendid opportunity to make information on your work, research, events and publications available to a wide audience of researchers and practitioners.

Please send your information to alexander•hoppe©uni-koeln•de  (alexander•hoppe©uni-koeln•de)  .

Events can also be promoted via the mailing-list.

PADEMIA Workshops Fall 2014

Logo-PADEMIAIn the upcoming months, three PADEMIA Workshops will take place. Firstly, our colleagues at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki will host a workshop on “The Rise of Political Extremism in and out of Parliaments”, from 2-3 October. At the end of October a second workshop will follow in Amsterdam. At this event hosted by the Vrije Universiteit, the lecturers will prepare short talks which will be filmed and later on made available on www.pademia.eu.
The probably last PADEMIA workshop will then take place in Berlin, organised jointly by our partners from the “Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik” (IfM) in Berlin and the “Bertelsmann Stiftung”. The workshop will deal with the topic of “EU-communications transformed? The 2014 Elections and Future Challenges”. Should you have any questions on one of the workshops or PADEMIA in general, please do not hesitate to contact alexander•hoppe©uni-koeln•de.

PADEMIA First Annual Conference, 12-13 June 2014, Brussels

Logo PADEMIAPADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe held its first annual conference in Brussels on 12-13 June 2014. The motivation of PADEMIA is to establish a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.

The conference consisted of parallel thematic workshops organised along the lines of PADEMIA’s research themes. Keynote speeches from external practitioners and EU decision makers further elaborated on the themes of the project. The conference also served as a platform for the partner institutions to meet and discuss the management, activities and timelines of the project. Moreover, it enabled the partners to exchange teaching practices on the subject of parliamentary democracy in Europe, to offer opportunities to make contacts in Brussels, and to enhance collaboration and develop synergies for research and publications.

 More information can be found at www.pademia.eu.

Call for papers “The rise of political extremism in and out of parliaments”. 1st PADEMIA Workshop, Thessaloniki, 2-3 October 2014

Logo-PADEMIAMemories of the 1930s inform much contemporary political commentary on the impact of economic hard times on political extremism. Indeed, support for anti-system parties –defined as explicitly advocating the overthrow of a country’s political system– has been considerably growing during the period of financial crisis culminating in extreme right-wing parties’ gaining parliamentary representation, while new modes of non-electoral protest, with a clear anti-parliamentary rhetoric, have recently become common in many European countries. This workshop will: (a) present empirical research on the rise of extremism in and out of parliaments; (b) test theoretical interpretations of this rise on the grounds of difficult economic conditions against other sets of explanations which have been suggested; (c) identify similarities between those different expressions of extremism –in or out of parliaments– as far as their political discourse, mobilization forms and communication framing are concerned.

Please express your interest in presenting a paper in the workshop by sending an e-mail to workshop co-ordinator, Iannis Konstantinidis, at icons©uom•edu•gr . An abstract of no more than 200 words should be attached to this e-mail message. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 25th August 2014.

Please note that all participants’ travel costs and accommodation will be reimbursed by the hosting university.

PADEMIA Annual Conference too place in Brussels, 2-3 July 2015

Logo-PADEMIA-300x143PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe will hold held its Second Annual Conference in Brussels on 2-3 July 2015. The motivation of PADEMIA is to establish a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.

More information on the conference coming soon.

PADEMIA Award Winners 2016

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During the third PADEMIA Annual conference on 19-20 May 2016, prizes were awarded  in three different categories.

Teaching Awards:

 

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1st: Michael Kaeding, University of Duisburg/Essen for the seminar “NRW debattiert Europa”

2nd: Pierpaolo Settembri and Costanza Hermanin, College of Europe, Bruges

3rd: Wim van Meurs, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen for the book “Europa in alle staten”

Research Awards:

 

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Category Book: Anna-Lena Högenauer (University of Luxembourg), Christine Neuhold & Thomas Christiansen (Maastricht University) for the book “Parliamentary Administrations in the European Union”

Category Journal Article: Sandra Kröger (Unversity of Exeter) and Richard Bellamy (EUI Florence) for the article “Beyond a Constraining Dissensus: The Role of National Parliaments in Domesticating and Normalising the Politicization of European Integration”

Category PhD Thesis: Lisa Kastner, Max Planck Sciences Po Center for her thesis “Restraining Regulatory Capture – An Empirical Examination of the Power of Weak Interests in Financial Reforms”

Student Paper Prize:

 

Camille Kelbel, Universite libre de Bruxelles, for her paper “Eastern Promises: Candidate Selection Processes and MEPs’ Profiles in the CEECs”

Congratulations to all the award winners!

PADEMIA Workshop: “The impact of referenda on parliamentary democracy”, Brussels 19-20 September 2016

PADEMIATEPSA organised the final workshop in the framework of the PADEMIA project under the lead of Dr Julie Smith (University of Cambridge).

The workshop, which took place on 19-20 September 2016, focused on the impact of referenda on parliamentary democracy, notably in the light of the recent Brexit vote. It looked in particular at the interaction of plebiscitary and parliamentary democracy, with reference to the UK as well as other recent referendum experiences, and at the consequences of the UK’s vote to leave the EU for the United Kingdom itself, the European Union and other EU Member States.

The programme of the workshop can be downloaded here.

The report of the workshop is available here.

Keynote speech by Kaare Strøm at the PADEMIA Annual Conference 2016 available online

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The 3rd PADEMIA Annual Conference, organised by TEPSA in cooperation with the Prof. W. Wessels Jean Monnet Chair of University of Cologne, took place in Brussels on 19-20 May 2016.

During the conference, Prof. Kaare Strøm (University of California) gave a keynote speech on “The perils of parliamentary democracy and the Madisonian turn”. The speech was recorded and is now publicly available at this link.

PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe

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We are delighted to inform you that PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe, in which TEPSA is a contractor party, received grant from the European Commission (reference number: 540381-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-ERASMUS-ENW).

The motivation of PADEMIA is to establish a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.

Members of PADEMIA have identified 5 major areas of relevance for research and teaching which account for the complex and multi-facetted character of parliamentary democracy in Europe:

  • Changing parliamentary institutions in Europe
  • The role of parliamentary actors in Europe, including political parties, committees, individual parliamentarians and parliamentary staff
  • The relationship between parliaments and citizens in Europe
  • Parliaments and the European public sphere
  • Parliamentary democracy and constitutional development

Besides, 2 cross-cutting disciplinary perspectives on a) multi-level democracy and b) the economic and financial crisis ensure conceptual and empirical linkages between the five areas of relevance in its research and teaching activities and respond to the challenges identified above in the subject.

The aims and objectives of the project are:
Education/Teaching

  • Supporting access and active participation of graduate students and PhD candidates
  • Assisting the exchange among teachers on good teaching practice within the subject area of parliamentary democracy in Europe

Research

  • Communicating research outcomes through: an annual conference in Brussels, specialised workshops and panels in other academic conferences such as EUSA, UACES, ECPR, an online paper series
  • Fostering new methodologies and innovative approaches to research in the field by a research award competition,
  • Sharing data and facilitating access to sources and resources.

More information can be found here.