28.02.2013

Президентське вето – Central and Eastern European presidents and their power to block legislation, talk by Philipp Koerker


Президентське вето – Central and Eastern European presidents and their power to block legislation, talk by Philipp Köker, PhD candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, Thursday, February 28, 7.00PM, at the Ukrainian Institute in London

The transformation of Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 has produced many political systems with comparatively powerful presidents. In particular, almost all of them have been vested with the right block legislation by using a so-called ‘presidential veto’. The talk will look at how and when presidents in Central and Eastern Europe have used this power as well as at how effective they have been in actually blocking bills becoming law.

The first part of the talk will present results from a larger comparative study of the use of presidential powers in the new EU member states and explain how political and personal factors influence presidents in their actions. The second part will then set Ukraine into perspective of these findings and show how Ukrainian presidents have used their veto power to date and in how far they have followed the same patterns as their Central European counterparts.

Philipp Köker is a PhD candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL and holder of the SSEES Foundation Scholarship 2010-2013. He read Political Science and Public Law at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and holds an MA in Politics, Security and Integration from SSEES, UCL. Philipp’s research is primarily concerned with the use of presidents’ constitutional powers in the new EU member states.

More information on Philipp’s research can be found on his academic blogwww.presidentialactivism.com

This talk is part of a lecture series organised by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and the Ukrainian Institute.

The talk will be held in English

All Welcome. Free Admission




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