School of Politics, Philosophy & International Studies


BA (Sheffield), MA (Pennsylvania), PhD (Sheffield), FRSA, AcSS


The Lord Norton of Louth

Professor of Government

Phone: +44 (0) 1482 465863
Office: 218, Wilberforce Building


Lord Norton of Louth [Philip Norton] was appointed Professor of Government in 1986. In 1992 he also became Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies. In 1998 he was elevated to the peerage, as Lord Norton of Louth. From 2001 to 2004 he was Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. He has been described in The House Magazine - the journal of both Houses of Parliament - as ‘our greatest living expert on Parliament'.

Selected Publications

Politics UKParliament in British Politics The Voice of the Backbenchers Eminent Parliamentarians: The Speaker's Lectures The British Polity


  • (with Bill Jones) Politics UK, 8th edition (Routledge, 2013)
  • Parliament in British Politics, 2nd edition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • The Voice of the Backbenchers (Conservative History Group, 2013)
  • Eminent Parliamentarians: The Speaker’s Lectures (Biteback Publishing, 2012)
  • A Century of Constitutional Reform (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • The British Polity, 5th edition (Longman, 2010)
  • (jt.ed. with X.Dai) The Internet and Parliamentray Democracy in Europe (Routledge, 2008)
  • (jt. ed. with D. M. Olson) Post-Communist and Post-Soviet Legislatures: The Initial Decade (Routledge, 2007)
  • Politics UK, with Bill Jones and others (London: Pearson Education, 6th edition, 2007)
  • Parliament in British Politics (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
  • Parliaments and Citizens in Western Europe (editor: Frank Cass, 2002)
  • The British Polity (New York and London: Longman, 4th edition, 2001)
  • Parliaments and Pressure Groups in Western Europe (editor; London: Frank Cass, 1999)
  • The Conservative Party (editor; London: Prentice-Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1996)
  • National Parliaments and the European Union (editor; London: Frank Cass, 1996)

Journal Articles

  • ‘Resisting the Inevitable? The Parliament Act 1911’, Parliamentary History, Vol. 31 (3), October 2012, pp. 444-59.
  • ‘Parliaments and Citizens in the United Kingdom’, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 18 (3/4), October 2012, pp. 403-18.
  • ‘Effective Capacity Building: The Capacity to Do What?’ Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 65 (3), July 2012, pp. 520-28.
  • ‘Speaking for the people: a conservative narrative of democracy’, Policy Studies, Vol. 33 (2), March 2012, pp. 121-32.
  • ‘Une Innovation Constitutionnelle: Des Législatures à Durée Déterminée Au Royaume-Uni’, Pouvoirs: Revue Française D’Études Constitutionnelles Et Politiques, 141, 2012, pp. 147-55.
  • ’Introduction: A Century of Change’, Parliamentary History, Vol. 30 (1), 2011, pp. 1-18.
  • ’Divided Loyalties: The European Communities Act 1972’, Parliamentary History, Vol. 30 (1), 2011, pp. 53-64.
  • ‘La Nature Du Contrôle Parlementaire’, Pouvoirs: Revue Française D’Études Constitutionnelles Et Politiques, 134, 2010, pp. 5-22.
  • ‘The Future of Conservatism’, Political Quarterly, Vol. 79 (3), July- Sept. 2008, pp. 324-332.
  • 'Making Sense of Opposition', The Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 14 (1/2), March 2008, pp. 236-50.
  • 'Four Models of Political Representation: British MPs and the Use of ICT', The Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol.13 (3), Sept. 2007, pp.354-69.
  • ‘Tony Blair and the Constitution’, British Politics, Vol. 2 (2), July 2007, pp. 269-81.
  • ‘Adding Value? The Role of Second Chambers’, Asia Pacific Law Review, Vol. 15(1), 2007, pp. 3-18.

Books Chapters

  • ‘L’opposition parliamentaire dans une perspective politique’, in O. Rozenberg and E. Thiers (eds), L’opposition parliamentaire (La Documentation française, 2013), pp. 71-83.
  • ‘Maintaining the Balance? The relationship of parliaments to other branches of government’, in M. Diamant, M. L. Van Emmerik, J. P. Loof and W. J. M. Voermans (eds), The Powers That Be ( Wolf Legal Publishers, 2013), pp. 33-42.
  • ‘Opt-Out: Britain’s Unsplendid Isolation’, in J. Hayward and R. Wurzel (eds), European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 252-66.
  • ‘Comparing Leadership Patterns and Dynamics in the Legislative Arena’, in L. Helms (ed), Comparative Political Leadership (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 56-76.
  • ‘Thatcher, 1975-9’, in T. Heppell (ed), Leaders of the Opposition from Churchill to Cameron (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 97-108.
  • ‘Constitutional Change and the Tensions of Liberal Democracy’, in J. Connelly and J. Hayward (eds), The Withering of the Welfare State (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 71-85.
  • ‘Coalition Cohesion’, in T. Heppell and D. Seawright (eds), Cameron and the Conservatives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 181-93.
  • ‘The Englishness of Westminster’, in C. Berberich and A. Aughey (eds), These Englands (Manchester University Press, 2011), pp. 174-192.
  • ‘The Con-Lib Agenda for the ‘New Politics’ and Constitutional Reform’, in S. Lee and M. Beech (eds), The Cameron-Clegg Government: Coalition Politics in an Age of Austerity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 153-67.
  • ‘The Politics of Coalition’, in N. Allen and J. Bartle (eds), Britain at the Polls 2010 (Sage, 2010), pp. 242-65.
  • ‘The House of Commons 1911-49’, in C. Jones (ed), A Short History of Parliament (The Boydell Press, 2009), pp. 271-82.
  • ‘David Cameron and Tory Success: Architect or By-stander?’ in S. Lee and M. Beech (eds), The Conservatives under David Cameron (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 31-43.

Other Recent Output

In addition to chairing a parliamentary committee, Lord Norton has given evidence to a range of committees in both Houses of Parliament, including the European Scrutiny Committee, the Modernisation Committee, the Procedure Committee, and the Constitutional Affairs in the House of Commons, and the European Union Committee and the Select Committee on the Constitutional Reform Bill in the House of Lords. Among debates he has initiated in the House of Lords have been those on parliamentary reform, the burden of bureaucracy on universities, and the British constitution.


Research Interests

  • British politics
  • The British parliament
  • The British constitution
  • The British Conservative Party
  • Comparative legislatures
  • US politics and government


Masters Teaching

  • Legislative Studies
  • Legislative Studies Online

Areas of PhD Supervision

  • British politics
  • The British parliament
  • The British constitution
  • The British Conservative Party
  • Comparative legislatures
  • US politics and government

Undergraduate teaching

  • British Politics and Legislative Studies
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