1905, 2017

Fieldwork in Mexico

May 19th, 2017|

Research at the National library and the Mexican parliament (Congreso de la Unión) in Mexico City.

505, 2017

New Bulgarian government: more of the same

May 5th, 2017|

By Dragomir Stoyanov (VUZF University)

On March 26, 2017 snap elections were held in Bulgaria. These were the third snap parliamentary elections in the last five years and their results confirmed GERB as the most popular party in Bulgaria. Thus, these were the fourth consecutive national elections in which GERB won parliamentary majority (very unusual […]

1004, 2017

Liberal International Bureau Meeting (UK)

April 10th, 2017|

Participation as an international expert at the Meeting of the Liberal International Bureau in Oxford to discuss modifications to the Liberal International Manifesto.

2903, 2017

International Conference (Georgia)

March 29th, 2017|

Speaker at an International Conference co-organised by TI (Transparency International), DRI (Democracy Reporting International), Open Society and International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) on “Constitutional Reform in Georgia” in Tbilisi.

Panel I – Powers of the President and Election Procedure
Moderator: Jerome Leyraud – IFES
Speakers:
● Keynote speaker: Irakli Kobakhidze – Chairman of the Parliament of […]

2903, 2017

The 2017 Bulgarian elections: A Dead-end street?

March 29th, 2017|

By Emilia Zankina (American University in Bulgaria)

Sunday (March 26th) parliamentary elections in Bulgaria mark the third early elections in the country in four years. Three elections and six governments (three of which care-taker) later, Boyko Borissov and his GERB party (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, with the symbolic acronym meaning “coat of arms”) carry […]

2803, 2017

Newspaper interview (Chile)

March 28th, 2017|

Interview on “How Brexit will affect UK’s image”, Chile’s leading newspaper (El Mercurio)

1603, 2017

A flattened political landscape in the flat country. The Dutch elections of 2017

March 16th, 2017|

By Simon Otjes (Documentation Centre Dutch Political Parties University of Groningen)

For the first time in almost two decades a Dutch cabinet lasted its entire term. Despite the fact that Liberal-Labour coalition lacked a majority in the Senate, it was able to implement an impressive policy agenda oriented at welfare state reform without a cabinet […]

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803, 2017

International Conference (UK)

March 8th, 2017|

Presenting on “Institutionalization and Democracy: Aiding Parties or Party Systems?” at the International Conference on “Deliberating Democratisation” organised by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the University of Birmingham at the British Academy (BA) Headquarters (London)

702, 2017

The 2017 elections in Liechtenstein: Slight changes and a stronger parliamentary opposition

February 7th, 2017|

By Sebastian Wolf (Medical School Berlin, formerly Liechtenstein-Institut, Bendern)

The national election in the Principality of Liechtenstein on February 5th, 2017 was a regular election. About 19.800 citizens had to vote a new Landtag, Liechtenstein’s unicameral part-time parliament with only 25 seats. Although it is a duty to vote according to the microstate’s law, only […]

1201, 2017

Iceland 2016: Politics as usual, a new centre-right government takes over

January 12th, 2017|

By Eva H. Önnudóttir (University of Iceland)

The 2016 election in Iceland was an early election, held about six months earlier than was originally planned. The election was brought about by the Panama scandal in April 2016. The Panama Papers revealed, among other things, the ownership of the former Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson of […]