08.03.2013

Philipp Köker holds a talk on Central and Eastern European presidents and their power to block legislation


Philipp Köker, PhD candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, held a talk  at the Ukrainian Institute in London on Thursday, February 28, entitled Президентське вето – Central and Eastern European presidents and their power to block legislation. img_4221

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 looked 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 presented results from a larger comparative study of the use of presidential powers in the new EU member states and explained how political and personal factors influence presidents in their actions. The second part set Ukraine into perspective of these findings and showed 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 was part of a lecture series organised by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and the Ukrainian Institute.

To view photos of the talk click here




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