Portrait of Dr Edward Morgan-Jones

Dr Edward Morgan-Jones

Reader in Comparative Politics

About

Edward Morgan-Jones joined the School of Politics and International Relations at Kent as Lecturer in Comparative Politics in 2009 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014 and Reader in 2019. Since 2020 he serves as Divisional Director of Graduate Studies in the Division of Human and Social Sciences. Dr Morgan-Jones received his DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford in 2004 and before joining the School was Research Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Keble College, University of Oxford.

His research investigates the origins, effects and legitimacy of political institutions in developed and developing democracies. Projects have addressed constitutional choice, the impact of semi-presidential and parliamentary government on democratic accountability and representation, the impact of constitutional rules on cabinet composition and termination and the influence of prime ministers and directly and indirectly elected presidents on early election calling.

In a recent project funded by the United States Institute for Peace, with Neo Loizides, Feargal Cochrane and Laura Sudulich, he investigates citizen preferences in the design of effective peace processes. Using conjoint survey experiments in Northern Ireland and Cyprus this project probes how the design of peace settlement and border arrangements shape citizen attitudes towards these institutions in post-conflict societies. In an additional line of work he is investigating citizen support for climate change polices also using survey experimental methods with Frank Grundig.   

His research 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 among other outlets. He has also published a book entitled â€˜Constitutional Bargaining in Russia 1990-1993: Institutions and Uncertainty’. Dr Morgan-Jones regularly presents his work to the policy community including the UN, World Bank and IMF as well as commenting in the international media on the policy implications of his research.

Research interests

  • Constitutional choice and its consequences
  • Parliamentary and semi-presidential regimes
  • Cabinet composition, termination and early elections
  • Democratic accountability, representation and policy making
  • Citizens' attitudes toward peace settlements and border arrangement

Teaching

Undergraduate

Supervision

Edward has a successful record of research supervision and was awarded the University of Kent's Graduate School's prize for Research Supervision in 2019. He has supervised six PhD research students through to completion. His aim in supervision is to enable students to develop research projects that make clear theoretical contributions, tested in an empirically rigorous manner, often with the collection of original data and written up with an eye to a wider disciplinary audience and broader policy debates. His research students have published their dissertation work in internationally recognised scholarly journals such as Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics and the Journal of Peace Research and gone on to careers in academia and public service. 

He welcomes research students interested in questions related to the choice, operation and effects of political institutions including constitutions, political parties, electioral systems, executives and legislatures either comparatively or in particular countries.

Edward is also interested in supervising projects that address questions related to border institutions and peace settlement institutional design in post-conflict countries or divided societies, as well as citizen attitudes towards these insitutions and the peace settlement solutions they offer. 

Current research students

Morvan Lallouet
Explaining Russian Liberalism Successes and Failures: The Case of Alexei Navalny

Past research students

Ian Rowe (2015)
Participation and Deliberation in Network Publics: The Case of Social Media Sites

James Downes (2017)
Explaining Centre Right Party Success in an era of Populism

Dee Goddard (2019)
The Appointment of Women to Ministerial Positions Across Europe: Presence, Portfolios and Policy

Emir Kulov (2019)
Party Institutionalization in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan: Between Political Uncertainty and the Logic of Electoral Mobilization

Robert Nagel (2019)
Gendered Influences on Conflict Resolution in Intrastate Conflicts

Daniel Belling (2020)
The Politics of Fiscal Monitoring

Professional

Member of the American Political Science Association and the European Political Science Association.

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