CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
International conference on legislatures to be held April 17-18 at
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Political scientists from all over the world will
meet at the University of Iowa April 17-18 for a conference to compare
the study of U.S. legislatures with the study of legislatures in Europe,
Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
On Friday, April 17 the group will meet from 8:30 a.m.-noon in Room
W401 Pappajohn Business Administration Building and from 1:30 -4:45 p.m.
in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. On Saturday, April 18 the conference
will convene from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Room W401 Pappajohn Business Administration
Among the 30 leading experts in the field who will participate in the
conference are scholars from Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland,
Japan, Kenya, Korea, Norway, Poland, and the Union of South Africa. Also
participating in the conference will be specialists on legislatures from
14 U.S. universities.
"The conference is an attempt to redress the imbalance between
the large volume of research on U.S. legislatures and our relatively limited
knowledge of legislatures outside the United States," said Gerhard
Loewenberg, a UI professor of political science and one of the conference
The scholars will discuss a variety of topics during the two-day meeting
including: executive-legislative relations; party and committee systems
in legislatures; the effects of rules of procedure; the influence of interest
groups; and the selection and retention of members of legislatures. A concluding
panel will discuss the role of legislatures in newly democratic systems,
using the early experience of the U.S. Congress as a point of departure.
The conference is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation,
the UI Benjamin F. Shambaugh Fund, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
For more information about the conference, contact Loewenberg at 335-2345
or Peverill Squire at 335-2354.