Parliaments, Estates and Representation - Parlements, Ã‰tats et Représentation is the journal of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions (ICHRPI) - Commission internationale pour l'histoire des Assemblées d'Ã‰tats (CIHAE). It is edited by Dr Alexander Cowan, Reader in History, Northumbria University. The aim of the Commission is to promote research into the origin, growth and development of representative and parliamentary institutions throughout the world in all periods. In particular, it encourages the study of the development of representative institutions in a wide and comparative way. It facilitates the international exchange of bibliographical information. It is concerned with the political theory and institutional practice of representation as well as with the internal organization and the social and political background to parliaments and assemblies of estates. Representative urban institutions and international parliamentary organizations also fall within its remit. The Commission now has members from at least thirty countries including the United States of America, Japan and almost all European countries. It meets every year at the invitation of its national sections or of university organizations and once every five years in association with the International Congress of Historical Sciences, of which it is an affiliated organization. Over eighty volumes have appeared in its series of Studies, and any scholars who are intending to publish monographs that fall within the range of the Commission's interests and who might like them to be included in this series should write to the Director of Publications. Historians and political scientists interested in any aspect of the history of representative institutions are warmly invited to join the Commission. Details are given in the Newsletter section of the journal. Paid-up members receive the journal Parliaments, Estates & Representation/Parlements, Ã‰tats & Représentation free.