This has been a good year for me in terms of articles published in Parliamentary Affairs. I see my 2016 article, ‘The Fixed-term Parliaments Act and Votes of Confidence’, perhaps not surprisingly in view of current events, is again listed as one of the most read articles. My article earlier this year on ‘Power Behind the Scenes: The Importance of Informal Space in Legislatures’ is one of the Editor’s Choices. And the latest issue, which has just been published, carries two articles by me. One is the introduction, ‘Departmental Select Committees: The Reform of the Century?’ to the articles forming a special issue to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of the departmental select committees. The other is my 2019 Bingham Lecture in Constitutional Studies at the University of Oxford, ‘Is the House of Commons Too Powerful?, about which I have previously done a blog post and which I like to think has the merit of timeliness.
Complementing these is my article in the latest issue of The Journal of Legislative Studies on ‘Post-legislative scrutiny in the UK Parliament: adding value’. Again, this is something on which I have done a blog post.
I list these for the sake of completeness – it has not been a bad year in terms of output – and also because if, in the forthcoming election campaign, you want to have a bit of a breather and read some scholarly pieces….
The priority now is completing Governing Britain. Once the election is out of the way and the outcome known, I will get the finished manuscript off to the publishers. That, at least, is the plan.