School of Law and Politics

Prof. Philip Norton, Lord Norton of Louth

BA (Sheffield), MA (Pennsylvania), PhD (Sheffield), Hon LLD (Lincoln) FRSA AcSS


The Lord Norton of Louth

Professor of Government

Phone: +44 (0)1482 465863
Office: 218 Wilberforce Email: p.norton@hull.ac.uk

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Lord Norton of Louth (Philip Norton) is Professor of Government, and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, at the University of Hull. He was appointed to his chair in 1986, making him at the time the youngest professor of politics in the UK. He is the author or editor of 31 books, including ‘The British Polity’, now in its 5th edition and (with Bill Jones) ‘Politics UK’, now in its 8th edition. His other works include ‘The Constitution in Flux’, ‘Parliament in British Politics’ (now in its 2nd edition) and ‘A Century of Constitutional Reform’. He was elevated to the peerage in 1998 and served as the Chairman of the House of Lords Constitution Committee when it was first created. He has been described in ‘The House Magazine’ 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

Books (authored)

31 books, the most recent being:

  • Politics UK (with Bill Jones), 8th edition, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013
  • Parliament in British Politics, 2nd edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
  • The Voice of the Backbenchers.  The 1922 Committee: the first 90 years, 1923-2013, London: Conservative History Group, 2013
  • The British Polity, 5th edition, New York: Longman, 2010

Books (edited)

  • Eminent Parliamentarians (ed), London: Biteback Publishing, 2012
  • A Century of Constitutional Reform (ed), Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

Journal articles

Over 100 articles in journals, among the more recent being:

  • ‘The Fixed-term Parliaments Act and Votes of Confidence’ , Parliamentary Affairs , Vol. 69 (1), 2016, pp. 3-18.
  • ‘A temporary occupant of No. 10? Prime ministerial succession in the event of the death of the incumbent’, Public Law, January 2016, pp. 18-34.
  • ‘Parliament and the Courts: Strangers, Foes or Friends?’ The UK Supreme Court Yearbook, Vol. 6, 2015, pp. 52-76.
  • ‘From Flexible to Semi-Fixed: The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act’, Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 1 (2), December 2014, pp. 203-20.
  • ‘A Democratic Dialogue? Parliament and Human Rights in the United Kingdom’, Asia Pacific Law Review, Vol. 21 (2), 2013, pp. 141-66.
  • ‘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.

Book chapters

Over 100 book chapters, among the most recent being:

  • 'Learning the Ropes: Training MPs in the United Kingdom’, in C. Lewis and K. Coghill (eds), Parliamentarians’ Professional Development, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2016, pp. 187-97.
  • ‘Parliament: A New Assertiveness?’ in J. Jowell, D. Oliver and C. O’Cinneide (eds), The Changing Constitution, 8th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 171-93.
  • ‘Parliament and the Constitution: The Coalition in Conflict’ [with Louise Thompson], in M. Beech and S. Lee (eds), The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 129-44.
  • ‘The coalition and the Conservatives’, in A. Seldon and M. Finn (eds), The Coalition Effect 2010-2015, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 467-491.
  • 'The oratory of Enoch Powell’, in R. Hayton and A. S. Crines (eds), Conservative orators from Baldwin to Cameron, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015, pp. 74-86.
  • ‘Continuity and change in parliamentarianism in twenty-first century European politics’, in J. M. Magone (ed), Routledge Handbook of European Politics, London: Routledge, 2015, pp. 328-45.
  • ‘Parliament Act 1911 in its Historical Context’, in D, Feldman (ed), Law in Politics, Politics in Law, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2013, pp. 155-69.
  • ’Parliament and Citizens in the United Kingdom’, in C. Leston-Bandeira (ed), Parliaments and Citizens, London: Routledge, 2013, pp. 139-54.
  • ‘Opt-Out: Britain’s Unsplendid Isolation’, in J. Hayward and R. Wurzel (eds), European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 252-66.
  • ‘Comparing Leadership Patterns and Dynamics in the Legislative Arena’, in L. Helms (ed), Comparative Political Leadership, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 56-76.
  • ‘Thatcher, 1975-9’, in T. Heppell (ed), Leaders of the Opposition from Churchill to Cameron, London: 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, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 71-85.
  • ‘Coalition Cohesion’, in T. Heppell and D. Seawright (eds), Cameron and the Conservatives, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 181-93.


  • UK Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Conservative Party
  • Comparative legislatures


Undergraduate Teaching

Lord Norton teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

  • 3017 Approaches to Presidential Power in the USA
  • 3019 Comparative Legislatures
  • 30037 The Contemporary House of Commons
  • 30038 Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform

PhD Supervision

Lord Norton is currently supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Comparative legislatures
  • Legislative studies

Lord Norton welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working in the following areas:

  • Legislative studies
  • Comparative legislatures
  • UK Parliament
  • Conservative Party


  • Formerly head of department.
  • Member, University Personal Professorships and Readership Committee.
  • Member, University Honorary Degrees Committee.
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