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Philip Cowley

Professor of Parliamentary Government, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

British politics, especially political parties, voting and Parliament.

Expertise Summary

  • British Parties and Elections (undergraduate)
  • Parliament in the UK (undergraduate)
  • Conscience Issues in British Politics (undergraduate)


Research Summary

My research interests are primarily in British politics, especially political parties, voting and Parliament. I've just completed a project - Backbench dissent in the House of Commons of the… read more

Selected Publications

  • KAVANAGH, D. and COWLEY, P., 2010. The British general election of 2010 Palgrave Macmillan.
  • HEFFERNAN, RICHARD, COWLEY, PHILIP and HAY, COLIN, eds., 2011. Developments in British Politics 9 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
  • COWLEY, P. AND STUART, M., 2009. There was a Doctor, a Journalist and Two Welshmen: The Voting Behaviour of Independent MPs in the United Kingdom House of Commons, 1997-2007 Parliamentary Affairs. 62(1), 19-31

Current Research

My research interests are primarily in British politics, especially political parties, voting and Parliament. I've just completed a project - Backbench dissent in the House of Commons of the behaviour of MPs in the 2001-5 Parliament, and have now begun research on the current Parliament. My research website gives up-to-date information on backbench behaviour in the UK, and ongoing projects.

I've got three future projects, one major, two more minor. The first is to write the next volume in the British General Election of xxxx series, with Dennis Kavanagh, taking over from David Butler, after his 50+ years involved in the project. As two sidelines, I'm also interested in issues to do with political engagement, and especially the disconnection between politicians and public (although, unlike many who write on this subject, I don't assume that this is always the fault of the politicians), as well as ideas for parliamentary reform imported from outside the UK.

Past Research

Moral debates in British politics and the British Conservative Party; study of the behaviour of British MP's since the election of Tony Blair as Prime Minister.

  • P. COWLEY and M. STUART, 2014. In the Brown Stuff?: Labour backbench dissent under Gordon Brown, 2007-2010 Contemporary British History. (In Press.)
  • P. COWLEY, 2014. Descriptive representation and political trust: a quasi-natural experiment utilising ignorance Journal of Legislative Studies. (In Press.)
  • PHILIP COWLEY and MARK STUART, 2014. Whipping them in: Role playing party cohesion with a Chief Whip Journal of Political Science Education. (In Press.)
  • PHILIP COWLEY and MARK STUART, 2014. The effect of teaching parliamentary studies on students’ knowledge and attitudes: a pilot study Politics. (In Press.)
  • R CAMPBELL and P COWLEY, 2014. The Representation of Women in Politics, Addressing the Supply-Side: Public Attitudes to Job-Sharing Parliamentarians British Politics. (In Press.)
  • CAMPBELL, R. and COWLEY, P., 2013. Rich man, poor man, politician man: Wealth effects in a candidate biography survey experiment British Journal of Politics and International Relations. (In Press.)
  • CAMPBELL, R. and COWLEY, P., 2013. What voters want: reactions to candidate characteristics in a survey experiment Political Studies. n/a(n/a), n/a
  • P COWLEY and M STUART, 2012. The Cambusters: The Conservative European Referendum Rebellion of October 2011 Political Quarterly. 83(2), 402-406
  • P.COWLEY and M. STUART, 2012. The Coalition’s Wobbly Wings: Backbench Dissent in the Commons since May 2010. In: H. KASSIM, C. CLARKE and C. HADDON, eds., The Coalition: Voters, Parties and Institutions UEA/Institute for Government. 44-48
  • CHILDS, S. and COWLEY, P., 2011. The politics of local presence: is there a case for descriptive representation? Political Studies. 59(1), 1-19
  • COWLEY, P. AND STUART, M., 2011. Response to Alison Plumb and David Marsh Parliamentary Affairs. 64(4), 777-780
  • HEFFERNAN, RICHARD, COWLEY, PHILIP and HAY, COLIN, eds., 2011. Developments in British Politics 9 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
  • COWLEY, P AND STUART, M, 2011. Ignored, Irresponsible and Irrelevant? Opposition MPs in the House of Commons. In: FLETCHER, N., ed., How to be in Opposition London: Biteback. 173-185
  • COWLEY, P. AND RYDER, M., 2011. Into Government: Coalition (2010-2011). In: BRACK, D. and INGRAM, R., eds., Peace, Reform and Liberation: A History of Liberal Politics in Britain 1679-2011 Biteback. 364-372
  • COWLEY, P and COWLEY, P, 2011. What if Gordon Brown had called an election in 2007?. In: BRACK, D and DALE, I, eds., Prime Minister Boris: and other things that never happened Biteback. 247-258
  • KAVANAGH, D. and COWLEY, P., 2010. The British general election of 2010 Palgrave Macmillan.
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 2010. Party Rules, OK: voting in the House of Commons on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill Parliamentary Affairs. 63(1), 173-181
  • COWLEY, P. AND STUART, M., 2009. There was a Doctor, a Journalist and Two Welshmen: The Voting Behaviour of Independent MPs in the United Kingdom House of Commons, 1997-2007 Parliamentary Affairs. 62(1), 19-31
  • COWLEY, P., 2009. The Parliamentary Party Political Quarterly. 80(2), 214-221
  • COWLEY, P., 2009. Parliament: It’s being so cheerful as keeps me going Political Quarterly. 80(4), 577-579.
  • COWLEY, P., 2007. Parliament. In: SELDON, A., ed., Blair's Britain, 1994-2007 Cambridge University Press.
  • KELLY, R and GAY, O. AND COWLEY, P., 2007. Parliament: The House of Commons - Plenty of Business but Marking Times. In: RUSH, M. AND GIDDINGS, P., ed., The Palgrave Review of British Politics 2006 Palgrave.
  • R. KELLY, O. GAY AND P. COWLEY, 2006. Parliament: The House of Commons – Turbulence Ahead?. In: M. RUSH AND P. GIDDINGS, ed., The Palgrave Review of British Politics 2005 Palgrave. 109-121
  • P. DUNLEAVY, R. HEFFERNAN, P. COWLEY AND C. HAY, ed., 2006. Developments in British Politics 8 Palgrave.
  • COWLEY, P., 2005. The rebels: how Blair mislaid his majority London: Politico's.
  • P. COWLEY AND M. STUART, 2005. Rebel early, rebel often. In: S. HENIG AND L. BASTON, ed., Politico’s Guide to the General Election Politico's.
  • P. COWLEY AND M. STUART, 2005. Parliament: Hunting for votes Parliamentary Affairs. 58(2), 258-271
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 2005. Parliament. In: SELDON, A. and KAVANAGH, D., eds., The Blair Effect 2001-5: a wasted term? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 20-42
  • P. COWLEY AND J. GREEN, 2005. New Leaders, Same Problems: The Conservatives. In: A. GEDDES AND J. TONGE, ed., Britain Decides: The UK General Election 2005 Palgrave. 46-68
  • COWLEY, P., 2004. Parliament: More Bleak House than Great Expectations Parliamentary Affairs. VOL 57(NUMBER 2), 301-314
  • P. COWLEY AND S. CHILDS, 2004. The New Labour MPs Voting. In: S. CHILDS, ed., Women Representing Women Frank Cass.
  • P. COWLEY AND D. DENVER, 2004. Votes at 16?: The Case Against Representation. 41(1), 57-62
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 2004. Still Causing Trouble: The Conservative Parliamentary Party Political Quarterly. VOL 75(NUMBER 4), 356-361
  • COWLEY, P. and CHILDS, S., 2003. Too spineless to rebel? New Labour's women MPs British Journal of Political Science. 33(3), 345-366
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 2003. Labour in disguise? Liberal Democrat MPs, 1997-2001 British Journal of Politics and International Relations. VOL 5(PART 3), 393-404
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 2003. In Place of Strife? The PLP in Government, 1997-2001 Political Studies. VOL 51(PART 2), 315-331
  • P. COWLEY AND M. BAILEY, 2003. Thatcherism with Apologies: What if Edward Heath had stepped down in 1974. In: D. BRACK AND I. DALE, ed., Prime Minister Portillo and other things that didn’t happen Politico's.
  • P. COWLEY AND M. STUART, 2003. The Parliamentary Party. In: P. LYNCH AND M. GARNETT, ed., The Conservatives in Crisis Manchester University Press.
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 2003. Parliament: More Revolts, More Reform Parliamentary Affairs. VOL 56(PART 2), 188-204
  • COWLEY, P.J., 2002. Revolts and rebellions: parliamentary voting under Blair London: Politico's.
  • JOHNSTON, R., COWLEY, P., PATTIE, C. and STUART, M., 2002. Voting in the House or Wooing the Voters at Home: Labour MPs and the 2001 General Election Campaign Journal of Legislative Studies. VOL 8(PART 2), 9-22
  • COWLEY, P., 2002. Parliament: reformers and rebels Renewal. VOL 10(PART 3), 84-88
  • COWLEY, P. and NORTON, P., 2002. What a ridiculous thing to say! (which is why we didn't say it): a response to Timothy Heppell British Journal of Politics and International Relations. VOL 4(PART 2), 325-329
  • P. COWLEY, 2002. Dealing with Moral Issues. In: D. DENVER ET AL, ed., Central Debates in British Politics Longman. 351-367
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 2002. Parliament: Mostly continuity, but more change than you'd think Parliamentary Affairs. VOL 55(PART 2), 271-286
  • P. COWLEY, 2002. Legislatures. In: P DUNLEAVY ET AL, ed., Developments in British Politics 6 Revised edition. Macmillan. 108-126
  • P. COWLEY AND S. QUAYLE, 2002. The Conservatives: running on the spot. In: A. GEDDES AND J. TONGE, ed., Labour's Second Landslide Manchester University Press. 47-65
  • SANDFORD, M. and COWLEY, P., 2002. Reform of the House of Lords: Lessons from Abroad Journal of Legislative Studies. VOL 8(PART 3), 1-2
  • COWLEY, P., 2001. Voting in the Scottish Parliament: the first year. In: TONGE, J., BENNIE, L., DENVER, D. and HARRISON, L., eds., British Elections and Parties Review 11. London: Cass. 84-103
  • COWLEY, P., 2001. Don't Panic! Putting those select committee votes into perspective Renewal. VOL 9(PART 4), 102-105
  • COWLEY, P., 2001. The Commons: Mr Blair's Lapdog Parliamentary Affairs. VOL 54(PART 4), 815-828
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 2001. Parliament: A few headaches and a dose of modernisation Parliamentary Affairs. VOL 54(PART 2), 238-256
  • P. COWLEY, D. DARCY AND C. MELLORS, 2001. In place of strife? The parliamentary party. In: S. LUDLAM AND M. J. SMITH, ed., New Labour Macmillan. 92-110
  • COWLEY, P., 2001. The Observer: Good at Observing, Less Good at Influencing? Political Studies. VOL 49(PART 5), 957-968
  • P. COWLEY, 2001. Britain: taking the politics out of morality. In: C. Z. MOONEY, ed., The Public Clash of Private Values: The Politics of Morality Policy Chatham House. 213-226
  • P. COWLEY, D. DARCY, C. MELLORS, J. NEAL AND M. STUART, 2000. Mr Blair’s Loyal Opposition? The Liberal Democrats in Parliament. In: J. FISHER ET AL, ed., British Elections and Parties Review Volume 10 Frank Cass.
  • COWLEY, P. and BAILEY, M., 2000. Peasants' Uprising or Religious War? Re-examining the 1975 Conservative Leadership Contest British Journal of Political Science. VOL 30(PART 4), 599-630
  • COWLEY, P., 2000. British Parliamentarians and European Integration: A Re-examination of the MPP data Party Politics. VOL 6(PART 4), 463-472
  • P. COWLEY, 2000. Legislatures. In: P. DUNLEAVY ET AL, ed., Developments in British Politics 6 Macmillan. 108-126
  • P. COWLEY AND T. BALE, 2000. How to handle a big majority: Lessons from Wilson Renewal. 8(1), 56-65
  • P. COWLEY, D. DENVER, A. RUSSELL AND L. HARRISON, ed., 2000. British Elections and Parties Review xviiii. Frank Cass.
  • J. FISHER, D. DENVER, P. COWLEY, AND A. RUSSELL, ed., 1999. British Elections and Parties Review xviii. Frank Cass.
  • COWLEY, P. and NORTON, P., 1999. Rebels and rebellions: Conservative MPs in the 1992 Parliament British Journal of Politics and International Relations. VOL 1(NUMB 1), 84-105
  • COWLEY, P., 1999. The Parliamentary Party. In: P. DOREY, ed., The Major Premiership Macmillan. 1-25
  • D. DENVER, J. FISHER, C. PATTIE AND P. COWLEY, ed., 1998. British Elections and Parties Review Frank Cass.
  • P. COWLEY, ed., 1998. Conscience and Parliament Frank Cass.
  • COWLEY, P. and GARRY, J., 1998. The British Conservative Party and Europe: The Choosing of John Major British Journal of Political Science. VOL 28(NUMBER 3), 473-500
  • COWLEY, P., 1998. Unbridled Passions? Free Votes, Issues of Conscience and the Accountability of British Members of Parliament Journal of Legislative Studies. VOL 4(NUMBER 2), 70-88
  • P. COWLEY and M. STUART, 1998. A Rebellious Decade: Backbench Rebellions Under Tony Blair, 1997-2007’. In: M. BEECH and S. LEE, eds., Ten Years of New Labour Palgrave. 103-119
  • COWLEY, P. and STUART, M., 1997. Sodomy, Slaughter, Sunday Shopping and Seatbelts: Free Votes in the House of Commons, 1979 to 1996 Party Politics. VOL 3(NUMBER 1), 119-130
  • COWLEY, P., 1997. The Promise of Reform. In: B. JONES AND L. ROBINS, ed., Half a Century of British Politics Manchester University Press. 108-127
  • COWLEY, P. and MELHUISH, D., 1997. Peers' Careers: Ministers in the House of Lords, 1964-95 Political Studies. VOL 45(NUMBER 1), 21-35
  • COWLEY, P., 1997. The Conservative Party: Decline and Fall. In: A. GEDDES AND J. TONGE, ed., Labour's Landslide Manchester University Press. 37-51
  • COWLEY, P., 1996. The Mystery of the Third Hurdle: Re-electing the Conservative Leader Politics. VOL 16(NUMBER 2), 79-86
  • COWLEY, P. and STACE, N., 1996. The Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill: A Parliamentary White Elephant? Journal of Legislative Studies. VOL 2(NUMBER 4), 339-355
  • COWLEY, P., 1996. `Crossing the floor': representative theory and practice in Britain Public Law. SEAS 2, 214-224
  • P. COWLEY, 1996. How Did He Do That? The Second Round of the 1990 Conservative Leadership Contest. In: D. M. FARRELL ET AL, ed., British Parties and Elections Yearbook 1996 Frank Cass. (In Press.)
  • P. COWLEY AND D. MELHUISH, 1995. Whither the 'new role' in policy-making?: Conservative MPs in standing committees, 1979-1992 Journal of Legislative Studies. 1(4), 54-75
  • COWLEY, P, 1995. Parliament and the Poll Tax: A case study in parliamentary pressure Journal of Legislative Studies. 1(1), 94-114
  • COWLEY, P., 1995. Majority, Mortality and Majority: The Effect of By-elections on Government Majorities Politics. VOL 15(NUMBER 2), 89

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