Edward joined the School of Politics and International Relations at Kent as Lecturer in Comparative Politics in 2009 and was promoted to Reader in 2019. He received his DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford in 2004 and before joining the School in 2009 was Research Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Keble College, University of Oxford.
His research focuses broadly on comparative political institutions in both developed and emerging democracies and he has area expertise in Western and Eastern European and Russian politics. He has particular interests in constitutional choice and its consequences, semi-presidential and parliamentary government, cabinet composition, termination, early election calling and democratic representation and accountability. His research on these topics has been published in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research and Post-Soviet Affairs. He has also published a book entitled ‘Constitutional Bargaining in Russia 1990-1993: Institutions and Uncertainty’.
Edward welcome research students interested in questions related to the choice, operation and effects of political institutions including constitutions, political parties, electoral systems, executives and legislatures either comparatively or in particular countries. He is also interested in supervising students who wish to work on questions related to the factors that influence different dimensions of democratic performance.
Current research students
Party System Institutionalization in the Post-Soviet region: The Case of Kyrgyzstan
Antonio De Martin
The Decline and the Resilience of the Amal Party in Lebanon
Explaining representation of women in post-communist Central and Eastern European Cabinets