Category Archives: Fixed-Date Elections

What The Conservative-DUP Agreement Says about Votes of Confidence Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act


The Conservative and Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party have finally hammered out a supply agreement that would give May’s minority government a parliamentary majority. You can read it here: Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Conservative Party and the … Continue reading

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The Cabinet Manual and Votes of Confidence under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act


The Cabinet Manual As Explanatory Guide The Cabinet Manual: A Guide to Laws, Conventions, and Rules on the Operation of Government has proven its worth, both within Whitehall and amongst the wider British public. On 9 June, once the results … Continue reading

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Prime Minister May’s Bane: The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act and the Perils of Early Dissolution


British Prime Minister Theresa May has learned a hard lesson: early dissolution is like a corrosive, volatile substance whose bearer must handle it carefully or risk being burned. She also learned its corollary: election campaigns matter. A poorly run campaign … Continue reading

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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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