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
- (with Bill Jones) Politics UK, 8th edition
- Parliament in British Politics, 2nd edition
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
- The Voice of the Backbenchers (Conservative History
- Eminent Parliamentarians: The Speaker’s Lectures
(Biteback Publishing, 2012)
- A Century of Constitutional Reform (Wiley-Blackwell,
- The British Polity, 5th edition (Longman,
- (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)
- ‘Resisting the Inevitable? The Parliament Act 1911’,
Parliamentary History, Vol. 31 (3), October 2012, pp.
- ‘Parliaments and Citizens in the United Kingdom’, The
Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 18 (3/4), October 2012,
- ‘Effective Capacity Building: The Capacity to Do What?’
Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 65 (3), July 2012, pp.
- ‘Speaking for the people: a conservative narrative of
democracy’, Policy Studies, Vol. 33 (2), March 2012, pp.
- ‘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.
- ‘L’opposition parliamentaire dans une perspective politique’,
in O. Rozenberg and E. Thiers (eds), L’opposition
parliamentaire (La Documentation française, 2013), pp.
- ‘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),
- ‘The Englishness of Westminster’, in C. Berberich and A. Aughey
(eds), These Englands (Manchester University Press, 2011),
- ‘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.
- ‘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