Constitution –Political History Group
Approved: 25 May 2009
The mandate of the Groupe d'histoire politique (GHP) is to promote and support research in Political history and the study of Political history in Canada. It considers “Political history” in very broad terms, and encourages the study of politics, public policy, governance, the state, Political economy, Political sociology, civil society, elections, foreign policy, international relations, legal history and other facets of Political life from diverse theoretical and empirical approaches.
Article 1: Name
The name of the organization is the Groupe d'histoire politique (GHP).
Article 2: Associations
The PHG is affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association.
Article 3. Objectives and Activities
The Groupe d'histoire politique (GHP) has amongst its goals: promoting teaching and research in the field of Political history; facilitating information exchange and cooperation between researchers in the field of Political history; organizing conference panels and roundtables on Political history; discussing and developing new theoretical approaches to the study of Political history.
To fulfill its mandate, the PHG:
- Maintains a website.
- Maintains an online discussion group (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Sponsors sessions and round tables on Political history for the Canadian Historical Association annual conference.
Article 4. Membership
Membership is open to any person interested in Political history.
Article 5. Dues
The schedule of dues shall be reviewed from time to time by the Executive and approved by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Motions to increase or reduce member dues shall be carried by a simple majority (50% +1) of votes cast.
[NOTE: Initially, there are no dues for the group. This may be changed at a later date.]
Article 6: Annual General Meeting
An Annual General Meeting will normally be held once every calendar year, in conjunction with the annual conference of the Canadian Historical Association. If circumstances warrant, the AGM can be conducted via conference call or teleconference to meet the requirements stipulated by this article. A quorum for the transaction of business at an Annual General Meeting shall consist of five per cent of the membership, or ten members, whichever is less.
Article 7: Executive Committee
The Executive Committee, or executive, consists of the following officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary-Webmaster, Treasurer and Graduate Student Representative. The executive conducts the affairs of the committee between annual meetings. The term of office for an executive committee member is two years.
The Chair calls and presides over the Annual General Meeting, supervises and reports on all activities of the PHG, serves as liaison between the committee and the Canadian Historical Association, and represents the PHG publicly. He or she shall have the general and active management of the affairs of the group, and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the membership are carried into effect. The Chair is also responsible for maintaining an archive of PHG business for the duration of his or her tenure.
The Vice-Chair acts in place of the Chair when necessary. The Vice-Chair succeeds the Chair at the end of the Chair’s term.
The Secretary-Webmaster is responsible for maintaining the minutes of the group. He or she is responsible for the maintenance and periodic updating of the PHG website.
7.4: Graduate Student Representative
One Graduate Student will be elected to the executive committee. He or she will liaise with the Graduate Students’ Committee of the Canadian Historical Association.
The Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the Committee, and shall report on income and expenditures for the past year to members at the Annual General Meeting. The Treasurer's responsibilities include the collection of membership fees, and maintenance of the PHG’s accounts. All dues and subscriptions of the Committee are to be safely deposited in a chartered bank or credit union approved by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer is responsible for safekeeping of all documents relating to the fiscal affairs of the Committee.
Article 8: Amendments
Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by any member. Notice of a proposed amendment must be given to the Chair at least three months in advance of the Annual General Meeting. Amendments require the support of two-thirds of those members present at the Annual General Meeting to pass.