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


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 Award Winners 2016


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

Teaching Awards:



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:



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 Third Annual Conference, 19-20 May 2016, Brussels



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

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