Issues in the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions

Call for Papers
June 5, 2021
Louisiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
Political History / Studies, Political Science, Government and Public Service

The International Commission is an American Historical Association Affiliated Society.  Its scholars participated in AHA's most recent conference (New York City, January 2020). We now look forward to the AHA conference in New Orleans (January 2022). The International Commission was founded in Lausanne in 1936 and has been continuously active throughout the world since 1945. Please see for further information regarding the history of the organization and its purposes. The International Commission welcomes submissions from scholars interested in the history of parliamentary institutions. Please contact Dr. Peter J. Aschenbrenner, National Convenor (US) for further information regarding the scope of the topic. We also welcome scholars wishing to serve as panel chairs and/or commentators.  


Panel A.


Constitution writing and parliamentary organization

in the Atlantic World 1775-1815.


In the forty-year study interval (1775-1815) 523 constitutional instruments were composed or proposed.  What do they have in common? Given the high-failure rate of these constitutions, what were the enduring achievements of this outburst of top-down modelling?


Panel B.


Elements of European political culture from the 11th century.


Medievalists in the last 50 years have identified specific elements in statecraft whose development can be traced forward.  Some of these include consultation, negotiation, recording of disputes, choreography in ordered discourse and composition of procedural studies and treatises.  What is the state of today’s scholarly art in identifying progress in statecraft into the renaissance and beyond?


Panel C.


Pacific Rim Parliamentary History: 1850-1945


The panel will survey parliamentary institutions from 1850 to 1945 in countries that face the Pacific Ocean. During this interval, what role do technological progress and economic change play in the history of these institutions? 


Contact Info: 

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

National Convenor (US)

International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions