I am Professor Emeritus of Politics. I joined Strathclyde in 1988. I was appointed Professor in 1994, and served as Head of the School of Government and Public Policy until September 2011, having served as Head of the Department of Government 1994-1997, 2004-2007, and 2007-2010. I am a graduate of the University of Exeter (BA in Politics) and completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield. I have held visiting professorships at the College of Europe in Bruges (2004-2007) and the University of Houston (Fulbright Fellow 1993-1994).
My primary research focus is upon representative democracy and especially parliamentary institutions. This has led to a consistent interest in representative theories and issues of democratic legitimacy. My research has been driven by a desire to show that ‘institutions matter’ and that parliamentary institutions ‘particularly matter’. This desire finds reflection in my continuing teaching involvement on the Parliamentary Studies course, which is taught in collaboration with the Outreach Services of the UK and Scottish Parliaments.