Pekonen Onni, Postdoctoral Researcher

Political Science and General History

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I am a postdoctoral researcher in political science and general history. I specialize in transnational and comparative history and politics in a long-term, European perspective. My research has focused on Finnish and European parliamentarism. I have studied the rules, practices and publicity of parliaments, parliamentary culture and rhetoric, and the history of ideologies and political thought.

I am interested in the historical and contemporary ways of understanding, conceptualising and assessing the role and functions of parliaments in representative democracy. I have studied the formation of parliaments and the justification of their rules and practices, and examined the role of parliamentary procedures in the establishment of wider democratic practices. Recently, I have been interested in parliaments’ ability to regulate and deal with political conflict and disagreement.

I defended my doctoral dissertation in political science at the University of Jyväskylä in 2014. In my dissertation, Debating "the ABCs of Parliamentary Life": The Learning of Parliamentary Rules and Practices in the Late Nineteenth-Century Finnish Diet and the Early Eduskunta (2014), I examined the early Finnish parliamentary assemblies as part of wider European discussions, publicity and developments. I analysed the core questions of Finnish political history and culture from a transnational and comparative perspective. I linked the disputes on parliamentary practices to Finnish and European ideological discussions and showed how the practices and concepts of Finnish parliamentary life were constructed by means of international comparison and transnational communication. Furthermore, I analysed how Finnish actors used foreign models and examples to interpret, contextualize and frame domestic political questions.

After my PhD I worked at the Leiden University’s Institute for History, in the Netherlands (2015–2017). At the moment, I am writing a Finnish-language book based on my dissertation and editing a volume of comparative European parliamentary history together with professor Henk te Velde (Leiden University).


Selected publications:

Pekonen, Onni 2017. ’The Political Transfer of Parliamentary Concepts and Practices in the European Periphery: The Case of Obstruction in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Finland’, Parliaments, Estates and Representation, 37:3, 281–300.

Pekonen, Onni 2017. ’Parliamentarizing the Estate Diet: The Debate on Plenum Plenorum in Late 19th-Century Finland’, Scandinavian Journal of History, 42:3, 245–272.

Pekonen, Onni 2017. ’The Role of Professors in the Formation of Finnish Parliamentary Life: The Struggle between Two Conceptions of Parliament’, Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory, 20:1, 116–137.

Pekonen, Onni 2015. ‘Lectio praecursoria’, Ennen ja nyt. Historian tietosanomat

Pekonen, Onni 2014. Debating “the ABCs of Parliamentary Life” – The Learning of Parliamentary Rules and Practices in the Late Nineteenth-Century Finnish Diet and the Early Eduskunta. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä.


Other publications


Research centers:

Comparative study of political cultures