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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

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.

School of Politics and International Relations

University of Nottingham
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