(MA PhD (Essex))
I have been in Oxford since 1979, after 10 years at the University of Essex where I was mainly involved with the British Election Study. Since coming to Oxford my interests have shifted considerably. Although I still see myself as a political sociologist, my main teaching is in Comparative Government, and my research is in politics and law. At one stage I worked in the Strategic Studies field, publishing articles on US/NATO defence policy,and a book on NATO nuclear strategy in the last days of the Cold War. I intend to return to this field.
I have recentlyfinisheda book which is a comparative study of constitutional courts and legal-constitutional argument in five countries. Increasibly I am interested in the constitutional courts of new democracies, and the legal issues surrounding human rights codes, especially in South Africa and the CEE area. I am currently producing the second edition of a reference book on ModernDefenseand Strategy as a way or working myself back into the Strategic Studies field, where I am likely to write on the uses/misuses of defence doctrine, and on its modes of development.Human rights Constitutions and Government Democracy and Democratisation Elections Institutions and organisations International law Political Parties States
I lecture on Comparative and European Politics, and give tutorials also in political sociology and some of the political theory papers. I retain an interest in politics and religion/the sociology of religion, which I occasionally teach for Blackfriars,one of Oxfords PPHs
Forthcoming late 2009 from Princeton University Press: Constitutional courts in Comparative Perspective.
Most recent book is Judicial Discretion in the House of Lords, 1998 OUP. Recent articles, chapters and public lectures have been on various issues in politics and law, though I continue to write occasionally on party competition.
A Problem of their Own, Solutions of their Own: CEE Jurisdictions and the Problems of Lustration and Retroactivity in Wojciech Sadurski, Adam Czarnota and Martin Kryger (Eds) in: Spreading Democracy and the Rule of Law? Implications of the EU Enlargement for the Rule of Law, Democracy and Constitutionalism in Post-Communist Legal Orders. Springer Science, Summer 05.
On the Dimensionality of Political Space, and its Inhabitants in Albert Weale (Ed) Democracies, Parties and Elections (Routledge,Spring 2006).
The Courts in Politics in Judith Barra and Mark Pennington (Eds), Explanation in Comparative Politics, Sage, Autumn 2006.
Thick Constitutional Readings: When classic distinctions are irrelevant Georgia Journal of Comparative and International Law, to be published Spring 2007.
Law and politics in Europe and North America. Politics and Religion