Fixed-term Parliaments Act and votes of confidence

1_coverI mentioned in my previous post that my next publication to appear in print is my co-authored chapter on Parliament and the constitution.  However, it is not my next publication to appear.  As regular readers, will be aware, I have variously posted comments on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  I have also written two articles on the subject.  One has already appeared in print: ‘From Flexible to Semi-Fixed: the Fixed-term Parliaments Act’, in a new legal journal, JICL: Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 1 (2), Dec. 2014, pp. 203-20.  That looks at the arguments for introducing fixed-term parliaments and the passage of the Act.  My next, ‘The Fixed-term Parliaments Act and Votes of Confidence’, is to  appear in Parliamentary Affairs.  It will be some time before it appears in a print edition of the journal, but will be available online shortly.  The title is self-explanatory.   It examines the impact of the Act on the convention that previously governed how the House of Commons could express its lack of confidence in the Government, how that changed during the passage of the Bill, and the consequences of the Act for the powers of the Prime Minister.  The focus has tended to be on the capacity of the PM to trigger an opportunistic election.  However, it also has a significant impact on the Prime Minister’s ability to affect parliamentary behaviour.

I shall do another post once the article is available.

UPDATE: The article is now available here.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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