About the author

Dr Philipp Köker is an award-winning political scientist and Senior Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Philipp holds a BA (1:1) in Political Science and Public Law from the University of Mannheim, Germany, and a MA (with distinction) in Politics, Security and Integration from University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UK. In 2015, he completed his PhD in Political Science at the same department, having been obtained ample funding in form of the UCL SSEES Foundation Scholarship and UCL SSEES Excellence Scholarship. In 2016, Philipp won the prestigious ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in politics for his doctoral research on presidential activism in Central and Eastern Europe.

In his research, Philipp is primarily concerned with presidential and party politics in modern political regimes. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and workshops, has organised numerous events, advised policy-makers and is co-founder of the ‘Presidential Power Blog‘. His first book ‘Presidential Activism in Veto Power in Central and Eastern Europe‘ will be published with Palgrave Macmillan as the inaugural volume in the series Palgrave Studies in Presidential Politics in June 2017.

For more information, visit Philipp’s personal website www.philippkoeker.com.
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