About the Author
Philip Norton (Lord Norton of Louth) is professor of government and director of the Centre for Legislative Studies in the University of Hull. His publications include 28 books, including Parliament in British Politics (2005), The British Polity (2010) and Parliaments in Western Europe (3 vols, 1998–2002). He has served as president of the Politics Association and of the British Politics Group in the USA and as co-chair of the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists of the International Political Science Association. He was elevated to the peerage and served as first chairman of the house of lords select committee on the constitution.