On 16th October a delegation of ten members of staff from the Georgian parliament visited the IParl. The science-practice dialogue focused on the functional principles of the German parliamentary system and the rules of procedure of the German Bundestag. Various reform proposals are being discussed in Georgia currently, so that the guests were encouraged to ask questions about the experiences from Germany.
From 22nd to 25th August the 8th ECPR General Conference took place. At this international convention about 2.000 scholars and nearly 500 panels were present and so was the IParl with first results from the candidate nomination study. The Topic of the IParl paper were the Factors of Success.
Benjamin Höhne analyzes in the section "Aussenansicht" of the Süddeutsche Zeitung the membership development of political parties in Germany. Among other things he proposes some interessenting proposals regarding the intra-party potential for reforms. The article is available online on sz.de.
Populism unalteredly raises questions in Politics and Society. On this subject the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hosted a congress in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Dr. Benjamin Höhne conducted a workshop on the interrelations between social media and populism.
On 25th April 2018 20 students of the Martin Luther University as well as research assistants of the IParl attended an excursion to Magdeburg, organized by Benjamin Höhne. The main objective was to obtain additional insights into the political landscape of a state capital.
Dr. Benjamin Höhne and Daniel Hellmann from the IParl presented on the 17th April 2018 in Kiel current results of the research project on candidate selection for the German Parliamentary Elections of 2017.
The ninth Graduate Conference on Party Research in Düsseldorf took place from 2nd to 3rd February 2018. It gives interested doctoral candidates in Party Research an international platform for their research.