Research

My research is primarily concerned with:
(1) presidential elections, particularly indirect presidential elections, ballot access requirements, and presidential coattails;
(2) electoral candidates, party novelty and party system change, especially in Central and Eastern Europe;
(3) the workings of parliaments and executive-legislative relations, primarily in authoritarian regimes in the former Soviet Union and beyond

Publications

Books

  • Sikk, Allan, and Köker, Philipp. (Forthcoming 2022). Party people: Candidates and Party Evolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [project website]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2017. Presidential Activism and Veto Power in Central and Eastern Europe. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [publisher link]
  • Ledeneva, Alena, Bratu, Roxana and Köker, Philipp. (Eds.) 2017. Innovations in Corruption Studies. Cambridge: Modern Humanities Research Association. [publisher link]

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Hönnige, Christoph, Dominic Nyhuis, Philipp Meyer, Philipp Köker, and Susumu Shikano. 2020. Dominating the Debate: Visibility Bias and Mentions of British MPs in Newspaper Reporting on Brexit. Political Research Exchange 2 (1): DOI: 10.1080/2474736X.2020.1788955 [Open Access]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2020. Why dictators veto: Legislation, legitimation and Control in Kzakhstan and Russia. Democratization 27(2): 204-223 [publisher link]
  • Sikk, Allan, and Köker, Philipp. 2019. Party novelty and congruence: a new approach to measuring party change and volatility. Party Politics 25(6): 759–770 [publisher link/Open Access]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2019. The effects of majority requirements, selectorate composition and uncertainty in indirect presidential elections: The case of Estonia. East European Politics 35(2): 238-258. [publisher link]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2019. Risk or Reward: Party strategies and extra-parliamentarian electors in German presidential elections, 1949-2017. German Politics 28(4): 602-620. [publisher link]
  • Ledeneva, Alena, Bratu, Roxana, and Köker, Philipp. 2017. Innovations in Corruption Studies: Bringing corruption studies in the 21st century. Slavonic and East European Review 95 (1): 1-20. [publisher link/Open Access]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2014. Semi-structured elite interviews in a nested analysis framework: Studying presidential activism in Central and Eastern Europe. SAGE Research Methods Cases. [publisher link/Open Access]

Book reviews

  • Köker, Philipp. 2019. Review: Chaisty, Paul, Nic Cheeseman and Timothy J. Power. Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective. Minority Presidents in Mulitparty Systems. Europe-Asia Studies, 71 (9): 1613-1615. [publisher link]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2016. Review: Gwiazda, Anna. 2015. Democracy in Poland. Representation, participation, competition and accountability since 1989. East European Politics. 32 (3), 401-402. [publisher link/Open Access]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2015. Review: Nikolenyi, Csaba. 2014. Institutional Design and Party Government in Post-Communist Europe. Oxford: OUP. Europe-Asia Studies 67 (10): 1727-1728. [publisher link/Open Access]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2015. Review: ‘Presidents above Parties? Presidents in Central and Eastern Europe, Their Formal Competencies and Informal Power, Vít Hloušek (ed.)’ CEU Political Science Journal 10 (1-2): 147-150. [Open Access]

Doctoral thesis

  • Köker, Philipp. 2015. Veto et Peto: Patterns of Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe. PhD thesis, University College London. Available at: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1461326

Teaching videos

  • Köker, Philipp. 2016. An Introduction to Elite Interviewing. SAGE Research Methods. [publisher link]
  • Köker, Philipp. 2016. Researching Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe: Interviewing Political Elites. SAGE Research Methods. [publisher link]

Presentations

  • Köker, P. Signature requirements and ballot access restrictions in popular presidential elections: A global overview and analysis. ECPR General Conference, Online, 24-28 August.
  • Köker, P. Indirect presidential elections: A global summary and comparison, 1945-2018. ECPR General Conference, Wroclaw, 4-7 September 2019.
  • Bode, E. & Köker, P. Common trends or diverging trajectories: The Austrian and French presidential elections 2016/2017 and their consequences. ECPR General Conference, Wroclaw, 4-7 September 2019.
  • Sikk, A. & Köker, P. Candidate Turnover and Party Policy Change in Central and Eastern Europe. APSA Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., 29 August-1 September 2019.
  • Bode, E. & Köker, P. Common trends or diverging trajectories: The Austrian and French presidential elections 2016/2017 and their consequences. Norddeutsches Kolloquium der Sozialwissenschaften, Hannover, 5 July 2019.
  • Köker, P. Indirect presidential elections: A global summary and comparison, 1945-2018. EPSA Annual Conference, Belfast, 20-22 June 2019.
  • Sikk, A. & Köker, P. Candidate Turnover and Party Policy Change in Central and Eastern Europe. EPSA Annual Conference, Belfast, 20-22 June.
  • Köker, P. The role of presidents in illiberal democracies: Hungary and Poland compared. BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge, 31 March-2 April 2019.
  • Köker, P. Why dictators veto: Legislation, legitimation and control in Kazakhstan and Russia. ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, 22-25 August 2018.
  • Köker, P. ‘Presidential veto power in post-Soviet authoritarian regimes’. BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge, 31 March-2 April 2017.
  • Sikk, A. & Köker. P. Electoral candidates as Difficult Political Data. Annual Conference of the Political Methodology Group of the Political Studies Association, London, 27 June 2016.
  • Köker, P. Risk or Reward: Party strategies and extra-parliamentarian electors in German presidential elections, 1949-2012. EPSA Annual Conference, Brussels, 23-25 June 2016.
  • Sikk, A. & Köker. P. Replacing the rascals? Corruption and candidate turnover in Central and Eastern Europe. PSAAnnual Conference, Brighton, 21-23 March 2016.
  • Sikk, A. & Köker. P. Replacing the rascals? Corruption and candidate turnover in Central and Eastern Europe. ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops. Warsaw, 29 March-2 April 2015.
  • Köker, P. Presidential activism in Central and Eastern Europe: The question of popular elections. BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge, 5-7 April 2014.
  • Köker, P. Predecessors and constitutions: The evolution of Central and Eastern European presidents’ perceptions of their office. ISPP Annual Meeting, Herzliya, 8-11 July 2013.
  • Köker, P. The next generation: Presidential predecessors, constitutions and the evolution of incumbents’ vision of the presidency. BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge, 5-8 April 2013.
  • Köker, P. Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): A statistical analysis of the use of presidential vetoes in the CEE EU member states, 1990-2010. PSA Annual Conference, Cardiff, 25-27 March 2013.
  • Köker, P. Office, Policy or Popularity? Motivations for presidential action in parliamentary and semi- presidential systems. ISPP Annual Meeting, Chicago, 6-9 July 2012.
  • Köker, P. Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): A statistical analysis of the use of presidential vetoes in the CEE EU member states, 1990-2010. EPSA Annual Conference, Berlin, 21-23 June 2012.
  • Köker, P. Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe: How Presidents’ Background and Perception Shape the Use of their Powers. BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge, 31 March-2 April
  • Engst, B.G. & Köker, P. A way out of the crisis? Constitutional Courts as instruments of intra-executive conflict resolution. International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe, London, 15-17 February 2012.
  • Köker, P. The role of president-related factors in influencing the activism of Post-Communist presidents. ISPP Networking Conference, Budapest, 25-27 November 2011.