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Program

Taught by world-renowned academics and experts, this Summer Program applies research-based knowledge to the practical challenges that Parliaments, in Europe and beyond, currently face for what concerns the right balance to strike between transparency, protection of privacy and security concerns.

The faculty will create a teaching environment that is likely to foster experiential learning and to allow participants to debate new concepts, ideas and challenges while working together through seminars and simulation sessions.

The course lasts two weeks and students can decide to attend the course both weeks or either of them. The first, from 9 to 13 July 2018, is primarily focused on the evolution parliamentary transparency, on citizens’ engagement with parliaments and participatory and direct democracy and on their effects on the political and legal systems; the second, from 16 to 20 July 2018, is mainly devoted to investigate how the digital revolution has forced parliaments to combine their “openness” with the competing and related public interests to privacy and security, and it covers the following subject areas:

1st week (9-13 July 2018)

  • Parliaments and the ‘Black Box Society’
  • Parliaments and transparency: tracing the relationship throughout history
  • Political parties and parliamentary groups in Europe in time of the Internet
  • Populism in Europe and euroskepticism in Parliament as a consequence of the new ICTs
  • The European Parliament as an open institution… how to be connected with the people?
  • Citizens’ access to public documents: Parliaments and Governments compared
  • Revising the Declaration on “Parliamentary Openness” (I)
  • Transparency and participation in rule-making and in administrative procedures
  • How to manage a document-based process: the digital transformation 

2nd week (16-20 July 2018)

  • Openness, transparency and access to documents in the age of the Internet
  • The role of MPs in a digital world
  • Participatory constitution-making, referendums, and the impact of the digital revolution
  • E-petitions and electronic citizens’ initiatives as new tools to combine participatory and representative democracy? A comparative analysis
  • Perils and Promises of digital knowledge and public communication through the Google experience
  • The difficult task of combining openness and secrecy in today’s Parliaments: the case of parliamentary oversight on security services
  • Revising the Declaration on “Parliamentary Openness” (II)
  • The protection of privacy in more ‘open’ Parliaments
  • A political risk analysis on digital democracy in Europe
  • The challenges for privacy ahead. The contribution of Parliaments 

The programme is available here

The Summer Program will start with an opening lecture and will end with a closing conference by prominent academics and practitioners. 

- The lectures, given by top-level and senior academics, will consist in 45 minute lecture and 45 minute Q&A. They provide the participants with the theoretical framework and the conceptual analysis instrumental to fully exploit the other academic activities offered by the teaching staff 

- The Guest professional seminar series aims to move the participants closer to the institutional reality and policy-making by focusing on case studies.

- The training sessions, laboratories and simulation sessions, aim to develop practical skills of the participants and to train them in the field of the budgetary-related inter-institutional procedures.

- Paper discussions, coordinated by young scholars, will be devoted to discuss papers that the students can be interested to present ad to provide them with feedback.The best papers presented by the participants will be published by LUISS School of Government as part of its Working Paper Series.  

Participants will also have a first-hand experience during a visit to the Italian Chamber of Deputies and Senate.