is the journal of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions. It is peer-reviewed and is published twice a year. It is concerned with political theory and the institutional practice of representation, as well as the internal organization and the social and political background to parliaments and assemblies of estates. The journal publishes scholarly articles covering the whole spectrum of the history of representative institutions up to the present day.
80 years of Parliamentary Scholarship and the ICHRPI Parliaments, Estates & Representation
To celebrate its 80th birthday the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions (Commission Internationale pour l’Histoire des Assemblées d’ États) is publishing a selection of articles from its successful journal Parliaments, Estates & Representation (Parliaments, Éstats & Représentation). At the start of this compilation is an introductory essay by the current president of the commission, Joseba Agirreazkuenaga (University of the Basque Country), in which he narrates not only the history of the commission but its importance to the evolving debate on representative assemblies and their interpretation. The Journal itself, launched in 1981, is now over 35 years old and is established as the foremost journal for historians, political scientists and constitutional lawyers who explore the nature of parliamentary institutions of the past and the present.
The editor of PER, John Young, has prepared this selection to acquaint today’s readers with the main questions published over the years. Please click here for free access to some of our finest articles.