The course will combine some of the theories regarding Parliaments and Parliamentarism (first part) with some of the current practices of representative democracy (second part). Especially in the second part, the focus will be on the Parliaments of the European Union and its Member States. The two parts are strictly intertwined: the class (in the morning) is devoted to the analysis of the readings, while the seminar (in the same afternoon) is dedicated to some legal texts, often in a comparative perspective. The methodologies of the course are multiple: readings of Legal Theory, Constitutional Law, Political Science and Political Philosophy are proposed to the students and the seminars follow mainly a Comparative Constitutional Law methodology (also with attention to parliamentary practice, whenever possible). The course is reserved for PhD candidates and masters students. To register, please contact Rysiek Sliwinski: tel. 018/4717351 email: Rysiek.Sliwinski@filosofi.uu.se

Venue: Uppsala University

Teacher: Nicola Lupo (LUISS)

 

Monday 28th August at 10-12 Lecture 1 Eng2-1023

The Functions of Parliaments

Readings:

  • W. Bagehot, The English Constitutionchapter 4 (“The House of Commons”)
  • A. Kreppel, ‘Legislatures’, in D. Caramani (ed.), Comparative Politics, 4th ed. OUP 2017

 

Monday 28th August 14-16 Seminar 1  Eng2-1023

The Functions of Parliaments

  • Provisions in contemporary Constitutions (and in the Treaty on European Union)
  • attributing powers to Parliaments

 

Tuesday 29th August 10-12 Lecture 2  Eng2-1023

Parliamentary Rules of Procedure

Readings:

  • J. Bentham, Essay on Political Tacticschapter VI “On the mode of proceeding in a political assembly”
  • T. JeffersonManual of Parliamentary Practice

 

Tuesday 29th August 14-16 Seminar 2  Eng2-1023

Parliamentary Rules of Procedure

  • Examples of parliamentary rules regarding votes on motions, bills and amendments.
  • The practice of maxi-amendments.

 

Wednesday 30th August 10-12 Lecture 3 Eng2-1025

Parliamentary Decision-Making: Committees and Agenda-Setting

Readings:

  • G. Sartori, ‘Will Democracy Kill Democracy? Decision-Making by Majorities and by Committees’, in Government and Opposition, April 1975, pp. 131-158.
  • G. Tsebelis, Veto Players. How Political Institutions Work, Princeton Univ. Press 2001, chapter 4 “Governments and Parliaments”

 

Wednesday 30th August 14-16 Seminar 3 Eng2-0026

Parliamentary Decision-Making: Committees and Agenda-Setting

  • Analysis of contemporary committee systems in the UK, France, Italy, European Parliament 
  • and some procedures for parliamentary agenda-setting

 

Thursday 31st August 10-12 Lecture 4 Eng2-1025

Parliamentarism and Constitutionalism

Readings:

  • H. Kelsen, The Essence and Value of Democracy (ed. N. Urbinati & C. Invernizzi Accetti; trans. by B. Graf), pp. 47-62
  • C. Schmitt, The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy (translated by E. Kennedy), pp. 1-50

 

Thursday 31st August 14-16 Seminar 4 Eng2-1025

Parliamentarism and Constitutionalism

  • Analysis of some judgements protecting parliamentary democracy:
    • The Lissabon Urteil of the German Bundesverfassungsgericht (2009)
    • The Miller case in the UK Supreme Court (2017)

 

Friday 1st September 10-12 Lecture 5 Eng2-0025

Parliaments and Political Constitutionalism

Readings:

  • P. Pettit, Republicanism, OUP, 2000, pp. 171-205
  • R. Bellamy, Political Constitutionalism, CUP, 2007, pp. 143-175

 

Friday 1st September 14-16 Seminar 5 Eng2-0026

Parliaments and Political Constitutionalism

  • A discussion on the effects of new technologies on the transparency of parliamentary procedures
  • and more generally on parliamentary democracy