Category Archives: Reform

The Provinces Show How Fixed-Date Election Laws Affect Dissolution by Efflux of Time


You can read my article on dissolution by effluxion here: Bowden, James W.J. “When the Bell Tolls for Parliament: Dissolution by Efflux of Time.” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 11, no. 1 (2017): 129-144. As sometimes happens with writers, I only noticed … Continue reading

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My Piece on “Dissolution by Efflux of Time” Is Published in the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law


I’m very pleased to announce that my article “When the Bell Tolls for Parliament: Dissolution by Efflux of Time” has come out in the latest issue of the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law. Incidentally, the germ of this manuscript started out … Continue reading

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Prime Minister May’s Presidential Style


On 3 May 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement outside Number 10 Downing Street to mark the start of the general election, for which Britons will go to the polls on 8 June. The 56th Parliament of … Continue reading

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Jacob Rees-Mogg and Jeremy Corbyn Expose the Futility of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act


Sometimes nerdy political historians and political scientists could be accused of enjoying political shenanigans or borderline constitutional crises, like the Prorogation-Coalition Controversy of 2008, because they’re “interesting.” They are indeed interesting. But they are, more importantly, instructive and revealing.

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How the General Election of 2017 Will Occur in Practice


Introduction  Earlier today, I was very confused to see that the Westminster Parliament is still sitting and conducting business. After all, MPs voted by a huge margin — well above even the two-thirds super-majority — to go to an early … Continue reading

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