General editors

The blog is jointly managed and edited by Sophia Moestrup and Fiona Yap. Feel free to contact them if you have any questions about the project in general. If you have any specific enquiries or requests for expertise regarding any of the posts, then please contact the respective authors.

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.

O. 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.

Deputy editor

Philipp Köker  ( is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Government at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. 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 was 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.

Founding editor

Robert Elgie ( is the founding editor of the Presidential Power Blog and was its general editor and manager from September 2013 until December 2018. Since 2001, he has been Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies at Dublin City University. 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

The contributors and co-owners of the project are:

Inese Āboliņa ( is a PhD Candidate and Deputy Executive Director of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Latvia. She received a 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, the formation of democracy and she is currently completing a dissertation on the suspensive veto use in the governance of Latvia.
Veronica Anghel ( is an Associate Fellow of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and Research Fellow at the Institute for Central Europe Vienna. She received her PhD summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Bucharest. Her thesis ‘The Formation of Coalition Governments in Romania: Patterns Behind the Drift’ was awarded the prize for the best dissertation defended at the University of Bucharest in 2018. Previously, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Studies in Vienna and a pre-doctoral researcher with the University of Bordeaux and the Institute for Government in Vienna. Her research focuses on the challenges to democratic state building and party politics in post-communist settings. She is an analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit and Oxford Analytica and previously worked as a foreign affairs adviser for the Romanian Presidency and the Romanian Senate. She is also an editorial fellow for Government & Opposition.  Veronica tweets @anghel_veronica.
Nicole Beardsworth ( is a South African political analyst and postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC) at the University of York. Her PhD research focused on opposition politics and coordination in Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Nicole holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Warwick, 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. Her broader research is on the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on political parties, governance, democratisation and elections in Southern and Eastern Africa. Nicole tweets @NixiiB
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 Cheeseman (@fromagehomme) is Professor of Democracy at the University of Birmingham and was formerly the Director of the African Studies Centre at Oxford University. He mainly works on democracy, elections and development and has conducted fieldwork in a range of African countries including Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The articles that he has published based on this research have won a number of prizes including the GIGA award for the best article in Comparative Area Studies (2013) and the Frank Cass Award for the best article in Democratization (2015). Professor Cheeseman is also the author or editor of ten books, including Democracy in Africa (2015), Institutions and Democracy in Africa (2017), How to Rig an Election (2018), and Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective (2018). In addition, he is the founding editor of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of African Politics, a former editor of the journal African Affairs, and an advisor to, and writer for, Kofi Annan’s African Progress Panel. A frequent commentator of African and global events, Professor Cheeseman’s analysis has appeared in the Economist, Le Monde, Financial Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, Daily Nation and he writes a regular column for the Mail & Guardian. In total, his articles have been read over a million times. Many of his interviews and insights can be found on the website that he founded and co-edits,
chernykh_photoSvitlana Chernykh ( is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Australian National University. Prior to coming to ANU, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She is the recipient of the 2009 Paul Lazarsfeld Award for the Best Paper in Political Communication from the American Political Science Association and the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council (2016-2018). Her research focuses on democratisation, comparative political institutions (election, parties, constitutions), and executive-legislative relations. Her work has been published in many of the discipline’s leading journals, including the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political StudiesPolitical CommunicationLegislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Research Quarterly.
David Close ( is Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada. He has researched Nicaraguan politics since the early 1980s. His latest books are Nicaragua: Navigating the Politics of Democracy (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2016) and Latin American Politics: An Introduction, 2d.ed. (University of Toronto Press, 2017).
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. 
Matthew J. Dickinson ( is professor of political science at Middlebury College. Prior to coming to Middlebury, he taught for many years at Harvard University, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Government. He writes the Presidential Power blog which can be found at He is the author of Bitter Harvest: FDR, Presidential Power, and the Growth of the Presidential Branch, co-editor of Guardian of the Presidency: The Legacy of Richard E. Neustadt and has published numerous articles on the presidency, presidential decision making, and presidential advisers. His current book manuscript titled Clerk or Leader? The President and the White House Staff, People, Positions and Processes, 1945-2016 examines the growth of presidential staff in the post-World War II era.
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 publication is a book of autoethnography on his three decades of research on Kyrgyzstan, Encounters at the Edge of the Muslim World: A Political Memoir of Kyrgyzstan (2018).
Yiannos Katsourides ( holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cyprus. He is the Director of the Prometheus Research Institute and adjunct lecturer at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus. He was recently a visiting fellow at the Hellenic Observatory of the European Institute of the LSE. Previously, he was a visiting fellow in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies of the University of London for 5 years (2010-2015). His research interests include Cyprus and Greek politics, radical left and extreme right political parties, political participation, political institutions, and hate speech rhetoric in Cyprus. He is the author of three books: The History of the Communist Party in Cyprus (I.B. Tauris, 2014); The Radical Left in Government: the cases of SYRIZA and AKEL (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); The Greek Cypriot Nationalist Right in the Era of British Colonialism (Springer, 2017). His articles have appeared in West European Politics, South European Society and Politics, and in the Journal of European Integration, among others.
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).
Christopher A. Martínez ( 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, government duration, institutional performance and democratic consolidation, with a focus on Latin America. He is the author of two book chapters on Chile’s politics and the presidency, and of several research articles published in journals such as International Political Science Review and Bulletin of Latin American Research, among others.
Yonatan L. Morse ( 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 is the author of the book How Autocrats Compete: Parties, Patrons, and Unfair Elections in Africa (Cambridge University Press 2019). He has published articles in the journals World Politics, Comparative Politics, Democratization, International Political Science Review, and Qualitative Research. He is currently working on projects related to legislative selection in African countries, and the politics of social protection and welfare 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. In 2014-2018 he was 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.
Tapio Raunio ( is Professor of Political Science at Tampere University. His research interests cover legislatures and political parties, the Europeanization of domestic politics, semi-presidentialism, and the Finnish political system. Raunio has published articles in many leading journals, including in European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Party Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies, and West European Politics.He is a Steering Committee Member of the ECPR Standing Group on Presidential Politics. 
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.

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