Research

Lindsay's research looks at public law and regulation in its social, political and economic context. He is interested in the way that decisions are made, and individuals behave, and how this is shaped by the institutional frameworks within which actions are made. From a practical point of view, Lindsay's work looks at how improvements in legal and policy outcomes depend on getting the right framework of decision-making. 

Most of his research to date has been on the regulation of utilities and health services. In 2009, he edited and contributed to a special issue of Utilities Policy on The Political Economy of Electricity Market Reform in South East Europe. This was the first in-depth academic study of what was to become The Energy Community. He has written widely on telecommunications and energy liberalisation in the Caribbean. This work focuses on the challenges faced by small(er) developing countries in implementing pro-competitive regulatory reforms and how these can be addressed. In 2015 his article on regulatory reform in the NHS, Back to the future? Lessons on the pro-competitive regulation of health services was published in the Medical Law Review. He has also written on the theory of transparency in regulation, including a contribution (with Martin Lodge) to The Oxford Handbook of Regulation (ed. Baldwin, Cave and Lodge).  

Lindsay has written widely with Jurgen De Wispelaere on the implementation and administration of radical welfare reform proposals, notably the basic income model. This work argues that basic income has an important role to play in debates on welfare reform, but stands as a challenge to those who see basic income as a solution to the problems of the welfare state in and of itself. His work in this area has been published in The Political QuarterlyPolitical Studies and Social Service Review, among other places. He is currently editing a symposium (to be published in The Political Quarterly) on Anthony Atkinson's participation income proposal. 

Recently, Lindsay has turned his attention to the empirical study of judicial decision-making. His 2009 Public Law article with T T ArvindLegal ideology, legal doctrine and the UK's top judges,  uses a unique dataset and state-of-the-art Bayesian item-response theory to estimate the ideal points of Supreme Court judges on a doctrinal scale. This was the first article to use item-response theory to obtain ideal point estimates of the ideological disposition of British judges. Lindsay and Arvind are currently working on a paper that aims to estimate how judges' doctrinal disposition varies over time. 

Lindsay also works with T T Arvind on research into history of (mainly public) law. Their recently published article in Law Quarterly Review on The curious origins of judicial review uses previously unexamined archival sources to challenge the received account of the developend of judicial review in the UK. Their article, Explaining the Reception of the Code Napoleon in Germany: A Fuzzy-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis won the Society of Legal Scholars Best Paper Prize 2009.  

Finally, Lindsay has an interest in the history of colonial and post-colonial public administration in the Caribbean. He recently published a contribution to a special issue of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics on Whitehall in the Caribbean? The legacy of colonial administration for post-colonial democratic development (with Kim Moloney and Martin Lodge).  Lindsay and Martin are currently working on a contribution to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Constitutions of the Caribbean. 

If you are a prospective PhD student with an interest in any of these areas, please do not hesitate to get in touch.