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…

My first book “Presidential Activism and Veto Power in Central and Eastern Europe” has now been published

My first book Presidential Activism and Veto Power in Central and Eastern Europe has now been published with Palgrave Macmillan as the inaugural volume in its new series ‘Palgrave Studies in Presidential Politics‘. The book is based on my award-winning PhD thesis that I completed at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies…

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…

Invited talk on presidential vetoes in authoritarian regimes at the University of Kent, 5 April 2017

On Wednesday, 5 April 2017, I will give a talk about my research on presidential vetoes in authoritarian regimes in the seminar series of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. The paper, which I recently presented at the BASEES Annual Conference at the University of Cambridge, deals with the…