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Parliamentary Affairs

Parliamentary Affairs

“Parliamentary Affairs provides a wide range of stimulating and authoritative analysis about current developments in Parliament and politics generally – written in an accessible way for all who are interested in these issues”

– Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE


Showcasing the best international research Parliamentary Affairs is a must read for anyone interested in representative democracy and contemporary politics. Combining the latest in cutting-edge ‘real world’ research with serious policy impact, alongside topical essays by practitioners about major political and parliamentary developments in the UK and around the globe, it is an essential platform for new ideas and evidence about some of the most critical issues facing representative politics today.

A quarterly, subscription-based journal, Parliamentary Affairs was founded by the Hansard Society in 1948 and is now published in partnership with Oxford University Press and edited independently by Professors Philip Cowley and Jonathan Tonge.

A selection of free, Editors’ Choice articles are available from the journal website.

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Any researcher interested in submitting an article should consult the Instructions for Authors provided by the editors.


To subscribe

A best value discounted subscription rate is available for Hansard Society members.

  • Pay £75 per year and receive Parliamentary Affairs combined with the benefits of Hansard Society membership (usual cost £30 per year).

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The Editors 

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Professor Philip Cowley 

Phil CowleyProfessor of Parliamentary Government at the University of Nottingham.  Amongst his many publications, he is the author (with Dennis Kavanagh) of The British General Election of 2010, and editor (with Colin Hay and Richard Heffernan) of Developments in British Politics.  He is currently conducting a Leverhulme-funded project into the constituency work of Members of Parliament and his work on backbench rebellions in the House of Commons is the definitive academic analysis of backbench behaviour in Britain.


[/wpcol_1half][wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Professor Jonathan Tonge

Jon TongeProfessor of Politics at the University of Liverpool and the current Vice-President of the Political Studies Association of the UK. Chair of the Youth Citizenship Commission in 2008-09, he has authored many books and journal articles on British and Irish politics and is currently directing a Leverhulme-funded membership study of the Democratic Unionist Party and an ESRC project on dissident republicans. He has produced a book (with Andrew Geddes) on every UK general election since 1997, including most recently the Parliamentary Affairs special edition Britain Votes 2010.



Press enquiries

For press enquiries, please contact:

020 7710 6080
020 7710 6077
07779 666 771

Research team

Dr Ruth Fox, Director and Head of Research

Joel Blackwell, Senior Researcher

Scholars Programme dates

Dates for upcoming programmes:

Spring 2016
January 16 - April 23
Fee: £10,250.

Summer 2016
May 21 - July 16
Fee: £6200.

Autumn 2016
September 3 - December 10
Fee: £10,500.

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