My broad interest is British politics. Most of my research has concentrated on voting, electoral systems, parties and public opinion in the UK. Recently I have switched my focus to the quality of government in the UK and to the politics of higher education. I recently published (with Professor Anthony King of the University of Essex) The Blunders of our Governments, a study of the causes and consequences of major domestic policy failures incurred by UK governments between 1980 to 2010.
Articles & publications
Social Survey of the Civil Service (HMSO, 1969) [with A.H.Halsey]
Decade of Dealignment (Cambridge University Press, 1983) [with Bo Sarlvik]
British Parliamentary Constituencies (Faber, 1984) [with Anthony Fox]
The British Electorate 1963-1987 (Cambridge University Press, 1991) [with Anthony Fox and Neil Day]
SDP: The Social and Democratic Party 1981-1987 (Oxford University Press, 1995) [with Anthony King] – winner of W.J.M.McKenzie prize.
The New British Politics (Pearson Education) [with Ian Budge, David McKay and Kenneth Newton], 3rd edition, 2003 (1st edition, 1998; 2nd edition, 2001).
The Blunders of our Governments [with Anthony King] (OneWorld, 2013, revised edition 2014) – winner of the Paddy Power award for Practical Politics Book of the Year, 2014.