This weekend I am attending the Annual Conference of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). On Saturday afternoon, I will present a paper on the use of presidential vetoes in authoritarian regimes as part of a panel on executive politics in the former Soviet Union.
Panel: Executive politics in the former Soviet Union Chair: Ben Noble (University of Oxford)
Fabian Burkhardt (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) ‘The institutional presidency and the power vertical: regime stabilization by institutionalization of the presidential administration in the Russian Federation 1994-2012’
Ellie Martus (University of New South Wales) ‘Executive involvement in the Russian environmental policy process’
Ben Noble (University of Oxford) ‘Ministers with the Initiative: Russian Ministries as Actors in the Law-making Process’
Philipp Köker (Canterbury Christ Church University) ‘Presidential veto power in authoritarian regimes’
Julian Waller (George Washington University) ‘Building a Proper Presidential Majority: Federal and Regional Executive Preference for Russian SMD Candidates’
The issue (Vol 95, No. 1) includes a co-authored article on Paradigm Shifts in Corruption Studies that I co-authored with my co-editors as well as contributions by other leading scholars in the field of corruption studies and anti-corruption.
In particular, my presentation focused on the decline of monograph publications by Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and its causes as well as on the upcoming REF2021 and related opportunities and challenges for books as part of universities’ output and impact case study submissions.
Starting this January, I will serve as ‘Big Data Ambassador’ for the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University. In my role, I will help to identify existing data sets and new Big Data sources for use in teaching and research across the faculty. I will also raise awareness among staff of such possibilities and provide guidance on its use, analysis, and questions relating to ethics, data protection and storage.
Big Data is holds enormous opportunities for research and innovation in the social sciences. In my own research, together with Allan Sikk (UCL), I am for instance using data on parliamentary candidates as a new and innovative form of political data in order to better understand political and party system change.
1. Presidents and legislation: Policymaking consequences of presidential veto power
The presidents’ legislative veto has traditionally attracted great scholarly attention and scholars have been able to identify common predictors of its use across political systems. This research now provides the basis for a shift of scholarly focus from explaining general patterns of presidential veto use to more bill-specific theoretical and statistical models of presidential involvement in the legislative process. This panel invites submissions that push the boundaries of current research on presidential vetoes and presidents’ involvement in legislation (e.g. through judicial review requests or legislative initiatives) irrespective of methodological (quantitative/qualitative) or theoretical approach. Both case studies of individual countries and/or specific mechanisms as well as comparative research and theoretical papers are welcome. Full call for papers under this link.
2. The role of presidents in the recent EU crises
Throughout the recent European crises, presidents have emerged as exceedingly vocal actors in a number of countries where they normally do not play a leading executive role. Starting with the Eurozone crisis in 2008 and the subsequent austerity policies, presidential action has been provoked by a number of international factors. The aim of the Panel is to analyse the context and consequences of these interpellations and interventions in which presidents – despite often limited in formal prerogatives – have gone beyond established roles and constitutional practice in a bid to influence the management of European crises at national and international level. This panel welcomes contributions that look at cases individually or comparatively and embed their analyses in the wider literature on political leadership, agenda-setting and European Union studies. Full call for papers under this link.
Since October 2003, the ECPR Press has awarded an annual PhD prize named after Political Science Professor Jean Blondel for the best thesis in politics (including not only Comparative Politics but also other fields such as International Relations, Political Theory and Public Administration). The central criterion for this prize is that, with suitable amendments, the thesis would make an outstanding book, addressing central themes in the relevant subfield(s) of the discipline. The prize comes with a cash reward of €1,000 and is thus one of the most highly endowed dissertation prizes worldwide.
The prize committee highlighted that the thesis makes an important contribution to studies of presidential activism. It suggests an innovative research approach to explain this activism and, moreover, it is elegantly constructed and the dissertation is a pleasure to read.
After seven years at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, as MA and PhD student and postdoctoral researcher, I am leaving London and am taking up a new post as Senior Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University from today. I will continue my research into presidential and party politics on collaboration with my new colleagues and also work on communicating our research to the public. More information about the department (part of the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology) can be found here – it also has an excellent research blog which is definitely worth a read and to which I will soon contribute on a regular basis.
Please note my updated contact details – emails sent to my UCL address however still reach me.
My review of Anna Gwiazda’s book ‘Democracy in Poland. Representation, participation, competition and accountability since 1989’ (Routledge, 2015) has been published in East European Politics. The book provides one of the first comprehensive empirical studies of Polish democracy between 1989 and 2011. You can read the full review here (subscribers only).
While accessing the video itself requires a subscription, the transcript is freely available to all users. You can find out more about my videos here; the whole video collection is available at http://methods.sagepub.com/video.