"How do parliamentary systems of governmental actually work? Do we have acceptable theories of parliamentarism to assess how parliament and government function?" These were the key questions in the scholarly work of the founder Professor Dr. Eberhard Schütt-Wetschky. To continue this line of research the Foundation for Science and Democracy (SW&D) established the Institute for Parliamentary Research (IParl).

The board is very pleased to have won the renowned parliamentary researcher, Professor Dr. Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg), as the founding director of IParl. The aim of IParl's work is to explore the theoretical fundamentals fo democratic representation, basic functioning and current questians of the parliamentary system of government and the party-democracy, to advise political actors, and to contribute to political education. IParl has started its work with a project on candidate selection for the German Bundestag. Who elects whom, why, and for what reason?