Centre for Parliamentary History (Dutch abbreviation CPG)

Impressie van Nijmegen

The CPG is attached to Radboud University Nijmegen. It performs research on and teaches the modern parliamentary history of the Netherlands.



With support of the Montesquieu Institute, the CPG conducts several studies:

  • interview project with (former) members of the European Parliament to gain more insight into the workings and daily practice of the European Parliament. What are the similarities and differences that exist with the Dutch parliamentary system?
  • Constitutional Law of the EU Member States: research on the constitutional relations and developments in the European Union.
  • Europe in Dutch Politics, 1945-2010: study on the history of the European debate in Dutch politics since the Second World War.
  • Parliamentary photojournalism: study on the work and influence of Erich Salomon, parliamentary photographer in Berlin and The Hague.



The CPG teaches Politics & Parliament (MA) at the Radboud University.



The CPG is a founding member of the European Information and Research Network on Parliamentary History i. This is a cluster of European research institutions and experts in parliamentary history. The network facilitates the exchange and dissemination of knowledge.

The main publications of the CPG are the series Parliamentary History of the Netherlands since 1945 and the annual review of parliamentary history. In cooperation with the DNPP, the CPG published a book with biographical portraits of Dutch commissioners. Additionally, the CPG published a biography of Sicco Mansholt.

During the Dutch coalition process of 2012, the CPG published a weblog on their website.


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