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New job at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

After 8.5 years in the UK as MA student, PhD candidate and postdoc, I will move back to Germany and take up a new post as Research Fellow (‘wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter’) in the Research Group in Comparative Government and German Politics at Leibniz University Hannover, led by Professor Christoph Hoennige, on 1 February 2018.

In Hannover, I will continue my research on presidents, parties and elections with the aim of obtaining a higher doctorate (‘Habilitation’) which will enable me to apply for a professorship at a German university.

I will update my contact details as soon as possible – I will however still receive emails sent to my CCCU address until mid-February 2018.

PhD thesis submitted

IMG_8028_s2After more than three and a half years of work I finally submitted my PhD thesis “Veto et Peto: Patterns of Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe” today and am now awaiting my viva!


My thesis tries to answer the question why presidents choose to use their powers and in how far this is due to constitutional factors and partisan constellations in government and parliament.  Furthermore, I assessed whether the mode of election has an impact on presidential activism and to what degree presidential personality and perception are responsible for the use of presidential powers.  Thereby, I relied on a mixed-methods framework which combined statistical analysis of an original data set on the use of presidential powers in nine CEE democracies with 65 elite interviews that I conducted with presidential advisors, cabinet members, MPs and national experts in Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.