I leave at the beginning of next week to visit the University of Bamberg in Germany. It is a university with a distinguished history and is housed in a town that is a World Heritage site. I am speaking at a European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Summer School on Parliaments. I open the proceedings with a discussion of ‘The state of parliaments and legislative studies’.
The sub-discipline of legislative studies, especially comparative legislative studies, is a fairly small one. The number of scholars specialising in comparative legislative studies is dwarfed, for example, by the number of scholars researching the US Congress. Like last weekend’s Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, the occasion will be valuable for disseminating the findings of recent research. There is an overlap in attendance between the two events.
Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that I shall be travelling by train. This will not be my first visit to Bavaria. I know how attractive the landscape can be and train travel is the best way to appreciate it. Mind you, I will also be travelling with a mass of paperwork – I have research projects to mark and a PhD thesis to read.