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Jacqueline Gomes-Neves, Politics and Legislative Studies

School of Politics and International Studies

About the school

Politics at Hull was established by leading political scientist A. H.Birch in 1961. The school has successfully expanded and cemented its reputation ever since with distinguished academics including Professors W. H. Greenleaf, Robert Berki, Jack Hayward, Colin S. Gray, Lord Bhikhu Parekh and Lord Philip Norton of Louth.

The school operates where political theory meets practice. We're at the heart of British politics with our parliamentary placement programme. This unique initiative – which gives students a 12-month placement in Westminster – has been running for over 35 years. Our alumni are so ubiquitous in the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, the Cabinet Office and the media that they're affectionately known as the 'Hull Mafia'.

The marriage of theory and practice is a prominent feature of our teaching and research on international politics and war studies too. Our strong Westminster links also play a big part here, as do our close working ties with the British Armed Forces.

Now after our 60th anniversary year, the School of Politics and International Studies is setting ambitious plans for its future.

We will continue to build upon our distinctive capacity for academic research and professional engagement. And further develop our specialisms in legislative studies, politics, international relations and war studies – underlining our international reputation in these fields.

Our Mission: to inspire and nurture you – tomorrow's leaders – to realise your potential; and to leave the world in a better condition than you found it.

Our Values: integrity, respect, community, inclusivity.

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Research in the School of Politics and International Studies

The School of Politics and International Studies is a dynamic community involving researchers at all levels from postgraduate students to professors. Our innovative, impactful research has achieved wide international recognition.

Areas of research strengths include British politics, legislative studies, political theory (including British idealism and social liberalism), environmental policy, international political economy, security studies, research into the internet and end-of-life care decisions. Regional studies – such as the European Union and its member states, Latin American politics, and Middle East politics – are also research strengths of the school.

We draw upon the complementary research expertise of colleagues across the faculty including the School of Law. We also frequently collaborate on innovative projects and publications with leading researchers elsewhere in the UK and overseas.

Our research centres and study groups are some of the school's main drivers for research. Centres include British politics, idealism and the new liberalism, European Union studies, legislative studies, political economy and the newly-formed University-wide Centre for Government. Study groups include the Middle East Study Group and the War Studies Research Group.

The school's researchers are highly active in many of the University's interdisciplinary research institutes such as the Institute of Applied Ethics, Marine and Maritime Institute, Wilberforce Institute and Energy and Environment Institute.

Our researchers are also closely involved with the University's Aura initiative: a collaboration between researchers and industry with a focus on offshore wind and other green economy issues.

Impact-driven, our research covers a broad range of issues including shaping UK and international fisheries law and policy; post-legislative scrutiny in the UK; multilevel climate governance and structurally disadvantaged cities; and safeguarding patients' end of life autonomy.

Research strengths

Post-legislative Scrutiny in the United Kingdom

Professor Philip Norton Lord Norton of Louth’s Hull-based research has been responsible for the design and implementation of processes of post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) in the UK; influencing how Parliament reviews and assesses the effectiveness of legislation.

Prior to his research, legislatures gave assent to acts that had a binding effect, but rarely undertook subsequent reviews to ensure that the laws produced their intended effects.

UK Parliament explicitly followed Professor Norton’s design when instituting Westminster’s system of PLS in 2008. His research led to the creation of a holistic process whereby PLS was conducted in a transparent manner, requiring the Government to engage actively with the system. The process has led to many improvements in UK law, policy and practice.

Since 2014 every instance of PLS has followed Professor Norton’s recommendations, detailing the committee’s conclusions, reasons and evidence and highlighting areas where legislation fails to achieve its intended purpose.

Between 2014 and 2020, Parliamentary select committees have published 30 reviews into specific Acts. Professor Norton’s model has been adopted internationally including the national parliaments of Indonesia, Lebanon and Montenegro.

Our community

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Together, we mean Business

The Department of Politics work with a variety of corporate partners at local and national levels. Our collaborations help us keep in step with the needs of business whilst providing innovative and tailored solutions for our partners. Free to join, priceless to belong. Our corporate partners help inspire the next generation of sustainable and responsible leaders.

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Footnote

*Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†National Student Survey (NSS) 2020, HEIs only

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