New role as deputy editor of the Presidential Power Blog

More than 5 years ago, I was one of the co-founders of the Presidential Power Blog with Robert Elgie (both of us had previously blogged separately at www.semipresidentialism.com and www.presidentialactivism.com, respectively) and others. After several years of committed service, Robert has now passed on the role of general editor to Sophia Moestrup and Fiona Yap,…

CCCU Expert Comment: The deterioration of Polish democracy

Following the announcement of Polish President Andrzej Duda to veto two bills that are part of the governments controversial plans to reform the judiciary, I wrote a brief commentary for the CCCU Expert Comment blog. You can find the whole text below: THE DETERIORATION OF POLAND’S DEMOCRACY Dr Philipp Köker explains that the President’s veto is unlikely…

CCCU Expert Comment: Hung parliaments are democracy in action

On Friday, 9 June, I wrote a brief commentary on the outcome of the UK General Election for the CCCU Expert Comment blog. You can find the whole text below. HUNG PARLIAMENTS ARE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION Dr Philipp Köker explains why coalitions are not detrimental to democracy or strong leadership. Theresa May’s gamble to consolidate…

Presidential Power – A new blog on presidents and presidential politics

After having kept my blog www.presidentialactivism.com on presidents and politics in Central and Eastern Europe for over three years, a number of other political scientists and I have now joined forces and started a new collaborative blog on presidents and presidential politics around the world: www.presidential-power.com. We will follow the activity of both directly elected…