My first publication of 2015 has now appeared. It is a chapter on ‘Continuity and change in parliamentarianism in twenty-first century European politics’ in the massive (984pp) Routledge Handbook of European Politics, edited by Jose Magone. The chapter identifies the extent to which the latter half of the twentieth century saw a consolidation of democratic parliamentary systems in Europe and addresses the challenges faced by, and the opportunities afforded to, parliaments in the new century. The challenges are those of globalisation, supra-national decision-making, the development of a rights culture, and demands for greater engagement. The opportunities comprise engagement with electors and collaboration between legislatures.
My second publication is a short article in Politics Review, due out next month, on whether the UK constitution provides an effective check on executive power: I received an advance copy of the magazine today. I already have six other publications (five chapters and one journal article) in press for publication, five of which are scheduled to appear this year and the other may well appear before the end of the year. I am at work on two other publications: a chapter and a journal article.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that just before Christmas I realised I had not published a book in 2014 and did not have one scheduled for 2015. I think I had better start thinking about my next book. A successor to The Constitution in Flux is a runner – assuming I can come up with a catchy title!