Robert Elgie ( is the general manager/editor of the project. He has been Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies at Dublin City University since 2001. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published numerous books, including Semi-Presidentialism: Sub-types and Democratic Performance (Oxford University Press, 2011), as well as a number of co-edited publications with Sophia Moestrup, such as Semi-Presidentialism in Central and Eastern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2008). He has published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, and Journal of Democracy. He is the editor of the journal French Politics. He is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of French Politics (Oxford University Press 2016). He is the Review Editor for Government and Opposition. He has a personal website at and can be followed on Twitter @robertelgie.

If you have any questions about the project in general, please contact Robert Elgie. If you have any specific enquiries or requests for expertise regarding any of the posts, then please contact the respective author.

The contributors and co-owners of the project are:

Inese Āboliņa ( is a PhD Candidate at the University of Latvia. She received bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in political science from the University of Latvia. She has worked for the National Radio and TV Council in Latvia; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia; Council of European Union, Brussels; Chancellery of the State President Valdis Zatlers, Latvia; Latvian national airline airBaltic; global loyalty program PINS. Her research interests include political leadership, decision making, governance, formation of democracy and she is currently completing a dissertation on Presidential leadership in decision making within the framework of political governance in Latvia. Her recent publications include Leadership at Local Level: Approach to an Impact on the Democratization Processes in Latvia (Social Research, 2017) and Democracy and Democratization: Case Study of Formation of Democracy in Latvia (International Relations and Diplomacy, 2016).

Veronica Anghel ( is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Bucharest (in co-direction with the University of Bordeaux). Her area of research and expertise is political parties in consolidating democracies, with a focus on inter-party bargaining in the context of coalition formation and management. She has previously been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Government in Vienna and a junior researcher in the Governments in Europe Project, hosted by the University of Södertörn and the University of Vienna. She also has practical experience working for the Romanian Presidential Administration, where she assisted with foreign policy development and has previously worked with Romanian parties on campaign strategies.

Nicole Beardsworth ( is a South African political analyst and doctoral candidate at the University of Warwick. Her PhD research focuses on opposition coordination in Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Nicole holds an MA in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford. Nicole has been published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies, the Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Carta Capital (Brazil), and the Zimbabwe Independent amongst others.


Miloš Brunclík ( is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). His research interests include constitutional engineering, parliamentary and semi-presidential regimes, populist political parties, party systems, and internet voting. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Acta Politologica, a peer-reviewed political science journal index in the Scopus database.



Nic large pictureNic Cheeseman ( is the Director of the African Studies Centre an Associate Professor of African Politics at Jesus College, Oxford University. His research addresses a range of questions such as whether populism is an effective electoral strategy in Africa, how paying tax changes citizens’ attitudes towards democracy corruption, and the conditions under which ruling parties lose power. In addition to a number of book chapters and articles, he has published two co-edited collections: Our Turn To Eat (2010), which covers the politics of Kenya since independence, and The Handbook of African Politics (2013). A monograph, Democracy in Africa, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 and a second book, How to Rig An Election, is currently under contract with Yale. Nic spends much of his time explaining the implications of his work to policy makers, including the Cabinet Office, Foreign Office, and the Department for International Development of the UK government, the Instituto Rio Branco of the Brazilian government, the Lagos State Government, the Pan African Parliament, and the World Bank. He is the joint editor of African Affairs, an advisor to the African Progress Panel, and a member of the advisory board of the UNICEF Chair on Communication Research (Africa).

chernykh_photoSvitlana Chernykh ( is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Presidentialism at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellow at St Antony’s College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Prior to coming to Oxford, she was a senior researcher and project manager of the Comparative Constitutions Project at the Cline Centre for Democracy. Her research focuses on democratization, political institutions (parties, constitutions, elections), and executive-legislative relations. Her work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Constitutional Political Economy, and Political Communication. For more please see:

alistaircoleAlistair Cole ( obtained his D.Phil from Balliol College, Oxford (1986). He held positions in Oxford, Caen, Aston, Keele and Bradford before being named as Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University in 1999. Since January 1st, 2015, he has been Professor of Comparative Politics at the Institute of Political Studies, Lyons, France. He has published extensively in the field of comparative European politics, especially on France.


Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 12.28.33Michaela Collord
 ( is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Oxford. She completed a BA in Politics and an MPhil in African Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research centres on executive-legislative relations and legislative institutionalization in sub-Saharan Africa with a primary focus on East Africa. She has published articles with Think Africa Press and New Left Project on topics including parliament’s budgetary oversight and MPs’ constituency work in Uganda. She has experience working for the Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association where she assisted with programme development and policy design. 


Rui Graça Feijó ( is Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, and the Institute for Contemporary History, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. He has research interests in democratic theory and practices, with a special focus on the role of presidents and their powers. He has worked in Timor-Leste, where he was advisor to President Xanana Gusmão (2005-06), a country on which he published extensively, including Dynamics of Democracy in Timor-Leste 1999-2012 (Amsterdam University Press, 2016). He also writes on the Portuguese political system.


photo_AFAnna Fruhstorfer is a postdoctoral researcher at Humboldt University Berlin at the Department of Social Sciences. Her main area of research is Comparative Politics, with a regional emphasis in Eastern Europe. Her research concentrates on presidents, parliaments and the relation of law and politics, in particular constitutional politics. She is also affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin via the Comparative Constitutions Project.



Claudia Generoso de Almeida ( is a researcher at the Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon (CEI-IUL). Her research focuses on democratization, peacebuilding, post-war elections, electoral violence and protest in Africa. Her PhD thesis was a comparative study of post-war elections and civil war recurrence during the implementation of peace agreements in Angola and Mozambique. She has been a visiting scholar at the FCS – Universidade Agostinho Neto (Angola) and CEA – Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique). She also collaborates as a researcher on the Documentary TV Series Mozambique from war and peace, directed by the Mozambican film-maker Sol de Carvalho. You can follow her research here.


Magna Inácio is an associate professor at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. She is currently carrying out research on presidents and presidencies with focus on the dynamic of multiparty cabinets, executive–legislative relations and internal organization of the Executive branch. Her research interests include coalition governments, the institutional presidency, and legislative parties in Brazil and Latin America. She has co-edited the books Legislativo Brasileiro em Perspectiva comparada (with Lucio Rennó); Elites Parlamentares na América Latina (with Anastasia, Mateos and Mendes); and published articles in several journals such as Presidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Brazilian Political Science Review, and America Latina Hoy.


Eugene Huskey PhotoEugene Huskey ( is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science at Stetson University. A specialist in politics and legal affairs of the Soviet Union and the successor states of Russia and Kyrgyzstan, he received his Ph.D. in 1983 from the London School of Economics and Political Science and taught at Colgate University and Bowdoin College before joining the Stetson faculty in his native Florida in 1989. The author of Presidential Power in Russia (1999) and other books on Russian politics and state institutions, his most recent publications include a chapter on the Russian executive in Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe and an article in Post-Soviet Affairs that explains the dramatic regional divide in turnout in the 2011 Kyrgyzstani presidential election.

yiannos smallYiannos Katsourides ( is Director of the Promitheas Research Institute (Nicosia) and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. He also teaches part-time at the University of Cyprus, Department of Social and Political Sciences. He has previously taught at the European University Cyprus as well. His PhD thesis (University of Cyprus) is titled ‘The Origins of the Party System in Cyprus, 1878-1931’. Dr Katsourides’ research interests include Cyprus and Greek Politics, Political Parties and Party Systems, Communist and Radical Left Parties, Political Participation, Europeanization of Political Parties, and Political Institutions. His book, The History of the Communist Party in Cyprus: Colonialism, Class and the Cypriot Left (I.B. Tauris Publications), was published in July 2014. He is the author of a number of scientific articles on the party system of Cyprus, political participation and political elite and he took part in various academic conferences both in Cyprus and abroad.

Walt Kilroy ( is the Associate Director of DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, and also Assistant Professor at the School of Law and Government. His research interests include development, conflict, and post-war reconstruction, and the interactions between these processes. His teaching has included these topics, as well as international media and reporting. His doctoral thesis was awarded the Basil Chubb Prize for the best PhD in political science (2012) by the Political Studies Association of Ireland. It looked at the way in which ex-combatants were dealt with after the wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa, through the programmes for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR).

pk-newPhilipp Köker
 ( is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Government at Leibniz University Hanover. He previously completed his doctorate and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCL SSEES and was Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Philipp’s PhD thesis on presidential activism and veto power in Central and Eastern Europe won the ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize 2016 for the best thesis in politics and will be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. His research is now mainly concerned with presidential veto power and elections in comparative perspective as well as party politics and electoral candidates in modern democracies. For more details, see his personal website at or follow him on Twitter @PhilippKoeker.


Christopher Martínez Nourdin ( is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Political Science, Temuco Catholic University (Chile). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. His research interests include the executive branch, presidential survival, institutional performance and democratic consolidation in Latin America.



Sophia Moestrup ( is Deputy Director for the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) Central and West Africa team in Washington, DC, USA. She has worked for NDI since 2005 on all aspects of the design and implementation of democracy support programs in the region, focusing on Francophone Africa in particular. She has served as country director in Niger for the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and worked for the UN in Cameroon. She is co-editor of Semi-Presidentialism and Democracy (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011) with Robert Elgie and Yu-Shan Wu. She holds a PhD in political science from the George Washington University.

Yonatan Morse ( is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, where he researches issues related to institutions, elections, and authoritarianism in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, and the Associate Director of the Democracy and Governance Program. He has published articles in the journals World Politics, Comparative Politics, Democratization, and International Political Science Review. Currently, he is completing a book manuscript titled How Autocrats Compete: Credible Parties, International Patrons, and Electoral Authoritarianism in Africa.


Juan Muñoz-Portillo ( is an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and a researcher at the Centre for Research and Political Studies and US Politics Observatory, also at UCR. He earned his PhD in Politics and International Relations in 2013, from Dublin City University (DCU), and held post-doctoral positions at DCU’s School of Law and Government (2012-2013) and the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge (2014-2017). His research interests focus on comparative political economy, particularly, of Central America.


Malkhaz Nakashidze ( is an Associate Professor at the Department of Law, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (1999) and obtained his PhD in Constitutional Law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (2010). In 2012 Malkhaz Nakashidze visited Dublin City University as a post-doctoral fellow funded by on Open Society Foundations. In 2016 Malkhaz Nakashidze was a prestigious Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston College Law School. Dr. Nakashidze has a wide experience of working in a public and private sectors in Georgia. In 2007-2009 he was elected as a chancellor of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University. Since November 2014 he is a member of Academic Council of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University. His research is now mainly concerned with semi-presidentialism, presidential power, constitutional amendments in comparative perspective. For more details, see his personal website at  or follow him on Twitter @MalkhazN

Ben Noble ( is Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, in the Laboratory for Regional Political Studies, and was previously Herbert Nicholas Junior Research Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. His research looks at the nexus between executive and legislative politics in authoritarian regimes, with a regional focus on states of the former Soviet Union, and a particular focus on the Russian State Duma. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, Post-Communist Economies, and Europe-Asia Studies. He has also contributed chapters to a number of books, including The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin’s Russia and Developments in Russian Politics (9th edition). You can follow him on Twitter: @Ben_H_Noble.

Chris O’Connell ( is a PhD candidate in politics at Dublin City University, where he has lectured on Latin American politics. Chris holds a BCL from University College Cork, and an MA in Development from DCU. Currently he is writing his doctoral thesis on the influence of civil society on populist presidents in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. His research interests centre on the politics of development in Latin America, including the politics of resource extraction, food sovereignty, and socio-environmental conflict.


şule özsoy photo1Şule Özsoy Boyunsuz ( is at the Galatasaray University, Turkey. Her research and teaching interests cover constitutional law, governmental systems and European human rights law. She has published several articles and books, including Parliamentary Systems with Presidents (Oniki Levha yayınları, Turkish), Measuring Compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights: Turkish Example in the Free Speech Context (Galatasaray University Press), and The Making of the 1982 Turkish Constitution (Oniki Levha yayınları, Turkish).


Ausra Park ( is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Siena College in New York, USA. She has received her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. She is a recipient of a Fulbright US Scholar award, International Education Exchange Board (IREX) grant, the German Marshall Fund of the United States Dissertation Research Fellowship, American Councils for International Education Advanced Research Fellowship, and other research grants. Her research interests are centered on Eastern European politics, political leadership profiling, political psychology, comparative foreign policy, social justice (specifically, human trafficking from post-communist states), and international political economy/global politics of development. Her work has appeared in journals such as  Demokratizatsiya, East European Politics, Journal of Baltic Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, European Security, East European Quarterly, and online publications though U.S. think tanks. Her current research focuses on two manuscript projects: 1) the first generation of political leaders from the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and how leaders’ personalities affected countries’ policymaking, foreign policy choices, and democratization processes, and 2) the first female East European Presidents that recently came to power (Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Croatia, and Estonia) and the impact (as well as legacies) they had.

Javier Pérez Sandoval ( is a DPhil in Politics candidate at the University of Oxford based at Wolfson College. He holds a BA in Politics and an MPhil in Comparative Government. He is passionate about regime change, subnational politics, presidentialism and socio-economic development. He teaches the Latin American Politics tutorial to undergrads at the University of Oxford and has worked as an Associate Lecturer at Brookes University for a similar course. Beyond his keen interest in Argentinian, Brazilian and Mexican political dynamics, he is also a sci-fi and cinema aficionado.


tapio_raunio_pieni kuvaTapio Raunio ( is professor of political science at the University of Tampere. His research interests include national legislatures and political parties, the Europeanization of domestic politics, the European Parliament, semi-presidentialism and the Finnish political system. He has published articles in journals such as Comparative European Politics, European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Party Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies, and West European Politics. Raunio is the co-author of Finland in the European Union (2003, with Teija Tiilikainen), and the co-editor of National Parliaments within the Enlarged European Union: From ’victims’ of integration to competitive actors? (2007, with John O’Brennan) and Connecting with the Electorate? Parliamentary Communication in EU Affairs (2014, with Katrin Auel). He is currently leading with David Arter a research project that examines the links between Nordic parliaments and MPs and their electorates.

Roody ReserveRoody Réserve is the Director of the Master Programme in Political Science, at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA, El Salvador). His research interest cover the comparative poltics of Central America, State Capacity, President and Legislative relations, Parties and Party Systems in Haiti and Central America.



Edalina Rodrigues Sanches is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa. Her thesis “Explaining Party System Institutionalization in Africa: From a Broad Comparison to a Focus on Mozambique and Zambia” was awarded best thesis by the Portuguese Political Science Association (2016). Her research interests comprise democratization, political institutions, elections, political parties and party systems and political behavior, with a focus on Africa. She has published in journals such as International Politics, Electoral Studies, Acta Politica, South European Society and Politics, Journal of Asian and African Studies and Análise Social. She is a regular contributor of the Africa Yearbook and has recently published Party Systems in Young Democracies: Varieties of institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge, 2018).

Marek Rybář ( is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science of Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University (Brno, the Czech Republic). His research focuses on political parties, party competition, and political institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. He has published numerous chapters in edited volumes and studies in several journals, including Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, and Electoral Studies. Currently he is working on a research project examining patterns of ministerial recruitment in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.


Petra Stykow ( is a professor of comparative politics with a focus on the post-Soviet sphere at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Her general research interests comprise comparative authoritarianism, comparative constitutionalism, and institutional change as well as the interaction of formal and informal institutions. Currently, she is investigating the dynamics of constitutional development in the successor states of the Soviet Union and intra-regional variation of executive-legislative relations in Eurasia.


21yapO. Fiona Yap ( is an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. Her main research interests are in public policy and political economy of East and Southeast Asia. Her research work is available through international journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal of East Asian Studies, Korea Observer, and Japanese Journal of Political Science as well as chapter contributions in edited volumes. She is co-editor of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Journal, advisory board member of internationally-funded Korea Institute at the Australian National University, editorial board member for the Korea Observer journal and Asian Journal of Political Science, and editor of Annual Editions: Comparative Politics for McGraw-Hill (2009-2013). Prior to joining the Crawford School, she was an associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas, with research affiliations at the Center for East Asian Studies and the Institute of Political and Social Research.

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  1. Vello Pettai

    I have to hand it to your team! Estonia’s new president Kersti Kaljulaid is barely a few months in office and she’s already been incorporated into your masthead! Impressive!


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