The Group Constitution

PSA Conservatism Studies Group Constitution- amended 14 June 2018

Two Named Officers (2016-21)
(1) Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman (PSA Member)
(2) Dr Alan Convery (PSA Member)

The Group shall be called the PSA Conservatism Studies Group (CSG)
(First Amendment, group name change, 9 May 2018 – previously known as: The UK Political Studies Association Conservatives and Conservatism Specialist Group)

The objectives of the Group are:
1. To bring together and create a stronger sense of identity and common purpose among those political scientists, political theorists, social scientists, historians and other scholars
who currently study the ideas and practices of conservatism, and to encourage those who may want to do so in the future.
2. To organise specialist group panels at the PSA AnnualConference.
3. To encourage and facilitate the creation and dissemination of high quality research on all aspects of conservatism (theoretical and empirical) through a web presence and by
specialist conferences and workshops.
4. To encourage a comparative as well as a British dimension to the study of conservative
politics and conservatism.

Membership shall be open to all members of the UK Political Studies Association (PSA) and others with an active research and/or teaching interest in conservative politics, broadly defined. Membership of the Group will normally be open by right to full members of the PSA. Specialist group membership for non-PSA members will be at the discretion of the Convenor(s).

The group shall have a minimum of two and a maximum of five Officers. At least one Officer will be elected as Convenor of the group, although the role of Convenor can also be held jointly. The Convenor(s) shall be elected by a vote among the members of the group.
The roles and titles of the other Officers of the Group will be determined by the Convenor(s) in consultation with the other Officer(s). Such roles might include Communications Officer, Events Officer, Internationalization Officer, Treasurer, or Secretary. The Convenor(s) and other Officers of the Group shall be eligible for re-election. All Officers of the Group must be full paid up members of the PSA.
Officers of the Group will at all times act with integrity, and in accordance with the rules and objectives of the PSA.
At the discretion of the Convenor(s), records shall be kept by the Convenor(s) and/or other delegated Officer(s) of the Group. These records may include minutes of any meetings and the annual report. A current membership list shall be maintained. An annual report will be compiled by the Convenor(s) and submitted to the PSA each year. The annual report will be made available to any member of the PSA that requests it.

Vacation of office
The Convenor(s) and other Officer(s) of the Group shall vacate his or her office upon resignation; upon the instruction of the PSA Executive Committee, as agreed and recorded at a meeting of that Committee; or upon dismissal for evidenced misconduct by resolution of a general meeting of the Group.

The Group shall normally hold at least one annual meeting. Meetings can be held, at the discretion of the Convenor(s), using telephony or other electronic media instead of an actual gathering. At the discretion of the Convenor(s) an annual general meeting can be held during the PSA annual conference or at another time. At least two weeks’ notice of an annual general meeting shall be given. Other general meetings shall be called at the discretion of the Convenor(s) or at the written request of no fewer than six members of the Group. Notice of at least seven clear days shall be given.

Applications by the Group to the PSA and/or to other organisations for grants of money shall be made at the discretion of the Convenor(s). The Convenor(s) and Officer(s) of the Group are responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the Group are used to further its objectives.

Appropriate uses may include, but are not limited to, the organisation of conferences, workshops, lectures or other symposia (including costs related to travel, accommodation, subsistence, hospitality etc.); grants for PhD students, Early Career Researchers, or other scholars who may be financially disadvantaged to enable their participation at such events or at the PSA Annual Conference; publicity costs related to Group activities; and/or the award of an annual prize.
The Convenor(s) and/or Treasurer of the group shall endeavor to keep accurate financial records, and as part of the annual report to the PSA will account for the Group’s expenditure.On vacating office, the Convenor(s) of the Group shall hand over the records to his or her duly elected successor.

Normally, only PSA and Group members are eligible to receive funding from the Group for any activity. If a conference or other event is organised for which a fee is charged, normally non-PSA members will be charged at least a 50 percent higher fee. The Convenor(s) might justify issuing funding to non PSA/Group members only in extraordinary cases, like, for example, a book prize winner or to encourage participation by underrepresented groups in Group activities.

At the discretion of the Convenor(s), the Group will normally award a prize or prizes totaling a value between £50 to £200 (with a maximum of £150 for postgradutate students) for the best publication(s) on conservatism/conservative politics in the previous year. The prize will be judged by the Convenor(s), or they may delegate the task to suitably qualified members of the Group. The judging panel will consist of at least two people. No Officers of the Group, and no members of the
judging panel, will be eligible for a prize.

At the discretion of the Convenor(s), the Group shall maintain a website to publicise its activities and disseminate relevant information to members or use other electronic means to do so.

(Second Amendment, new partnership, 9 May 2018)
The PSA Conservatism Studies Group will work in partnership with the related, but separate, Tory Research Impact Network (TRIN) Committee at the discretion of the TRIN chair(s) and the CSG convenor(s). The future convenor(s) of the PSA Conservatism Studies Group shall be entitled to a
place on the TRIN committee at the discretion of the TRIN chair(s). The chair position(s) of the TRIN Committee is/are ongoing until the incumbent resigns (or becomes incapacitated) and the TRIN Committee elects a new chair from the TRIN.

PSA Constitution
The Group shall be governed by the appropriate clauses of the PSA constitution with regard to any matter not covered by this constitution.

Amendment of the Constitution
This constitution may be amended or altered only by a resolution supported by two-thirds of the members present and voting at a general meeting, provided that no alteration shall contravene any part of the PSA’s Constitution and/or Specialist Group Handbook (or equivalent). This constitution shall be made available to all members of the Group on request, and posted on the Group’s PSA webpage and/or website.