How to interview MPs (and other people): a brilliant guide

Houses of Parliament, viewed from across the Thames

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An excellent new paper from Philip Cowley is nominally about how to interview MPs for political science research. But it’s really a very funny guide to how to interview anyone half-important or busy.

As the responses on Twitter show, it’s also a genuinely useful guide, capturing what many people have learnt from bitter experience over the years.

Having been interviewed by him myself, I am of course in no way paranoid about whether any of the anonymised examples refer to me.

Here is Professor Philip Cowley’s paper in full:


Citation: Cowley, Philip, Interviewing MPs (January 12, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3764202.

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