Selected References on Parliamentary Procedure

I haven't read all of these, and neither should you.

I. W. W. Publications

I. W. W. MANUAL of INSTRUCTION for JOB DELEGATES (General Recruiting Union, ca. 1943)


How to Conduct Your Union Meeting (Cleveland Central Branch, Metal & Machinery Workers' Industrial Union No. 440, 1949)



Boulton, C. J. et al., eds., Erskine May's Treatise on the law, privileges, proceedings, and usage of Parliament, 21st ed. (London : Butterworths, 1989). The standard parliamentary authority of England.

Demeter, George, Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure (Boston: Little, Brown, 1969). Reprint available from the American Institute of Parliamentarians. Widely available used, too. Many labor unions and fraternal organizations use this as their parliamentary authority.

Fraser, Dawson and Holtby, Beauchesne 's Rules and Forms of the House of Commons of Canada, 6th ed. (Toronto: Carswell Co. Ltd., 1989).

Jefferson, Thomas, A Manual of Parliamentary Practice for the Use of the Senate of the United States (1812) in W. S. Howell, ed., Jefferson's Parliamentary Writings (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton U. Press, 1988). The first American book on parliamentary procedure. Mainly of historical interest now. It's available on the Web.

Robert, Henry M., et al., Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (often called "RONR"), 10th ed. (Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Publishing, 2000). This is the standard parliamentary authority in the United States, where it is used by about 80% of organizations.

The 1915 edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Revised is available on the Web for free. I. W. W. headquarters also has reprints available. It will do for most purposes.

Stanford, Geoffrey, Bourinot's Rules of Order : A Manual on the Practices and Usages of the House of Commons of Canada and on the Procedure at Public Assemblies, Including Meetings of Shareholders, 4th ed. (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1995). The standard parliamentary authority in Canada.

Sturgis, Alice, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, 4th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2001). This book is getting increasingly popular in the U.S., and is considered by many to be an improvement over RONR.


Web Sites

Here's the Google Directory's page on Parliamentary Procedure. Saves me a lot of trouble.

Prepared and maintained by J. D. Crutchfield.

Last updated 6 March 2005