Louise Thompson

Louise Thompson


Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and joined the University of Manchester in 2018, having previously worked at the University of Surrey (2013-18). My research focuses on the UK Parliament, particularly the legislative process, committees, political parties and public engagement. 

I have published widely on the impact of parliament on government legislation and on the role of opposition parties in the House of Commons. I am the author or co-author of six books including: Parliament and the Law (2022), The End of the Small Party? Change UK and the Challenges of Parliamentary Politics (2020) and Making British Law: Committees in Action (2015).  In 2022 I was awarded the Political Studies Association’s Richard Rose Prize for a distinctive contribution to the study of British Politics and I currently co-edit the journal Parliamentary Affairs.  I regularly write for blogs including The Conversation and in 2022 I was the political adviser for the BBC Radio 4 drama Whipped.

I really enjoy teaching at Manchester. At the moment, my teaching includes parliamentary studies as well as qualitative research methods and I am the convenor of our second-year module How to Conduct Politics Research. I am the co-editor of the textbook Exploring Parliament (OUP, 2018) and I have additionally published work on the use of parliamentary sources and audience response systems in political science teaching.


In 2022-23 Louise is teaching the following modules:

POLI10101 Contemporary Issues in Politics and Law (UG) 

POLI20902 How to Conduct Politics Research (UG)

POLI32401 Contemporary Parliamentary Studies (UG)

POLI70022 Researching Elites (MA/PhD)



I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

UK Parliament

Legislative Scrutiny

British Politics

Political Parties

External positions

Editor, Parliamentary Affairs

Jan 2022 → …

Academic Secretary, Study of Parliament Group

31 Jan 2018Jan 2022

Convenor, PSA Parliaments Specialist Group, Political Studies Association

Feb 2014Feb 2019

Areas of expertise

  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • UK Parliament
  • Legislation
  • Political Parties
  • Scrutiny


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