Presidential Activism and Veto Power in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Philipp Köker

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Presidential Politics book series (PASTPRPO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Philipp Köker
    Pages 1-20
  3. Patterns of Presidential Activism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Philipp Köker
      Pages 23-54
  4. Presidential Activism in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Philipp Köker
      Pages 93-135
    3. Philipp Köker
      Pages 137-185
    4. Philipp Köker
      Pages 187-208
  5. Understanding Presidential Activism

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-297

About this book


This book examines the use of presidential powers in Central and East Europe between 1990 and 2010. Focussing on presidential vetoes and the formation of governments, it maps patterns of presidential activism and its determinants across nine democracies. Thereby, it combines the analysis of original quantitative data on the use of presidential powers with in-depth case studies in an innovative mixed-methods framework. Based on regression analyses and unique insights from numerous elite interviews, the study shows strong support for the hitherto insufficiently tested assumption that popularly elected presidents are more active than their indirectly elected counterparts. As one of the first comprehensive comparative studies of presidential activism and veto power in Europe, this book will be a key resource not only for area specialists but also for scholars of presidential studies, comparative government, and executives. 


presidential vetoes presidential powers comparative government executive power Presidential Veto Use Polish presidential politics Estonian presidential politics Hungarian presidential politics Slovakian presidential politics leadership elections direct presidential elections indirect presidential elections European presidents European leaders

Authors and affiliations

  • Philipp Köker
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Psychology, Politics and SociologyCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUnited Kingdom

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