Politics and International Relations


Edward joined the School of Politics and International Relations at Kent as Lecturer in Comparative Politics in 2009 and has been Senior Lecturer since 2014.  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’.

Contact Information


Rutherford N4.N3

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Available for: Television Radio Print interviews Expertise: Cabinet and coalition formation, composition and termination Constitutional change and reform Election Timing Ministerial selection and de-selection Impact of changes to political institutions on democratic representation, accountability and policy-making

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Morgan-Jones, E. and Schleiter, P. (2018). Presidential Influence on Parliamentary Election Timing and the Electoral Fate of Prime Ministers. Journal of Legislative Studies [Online] 24:211-226. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2018.1477273.
Schleiter, P. and Morgan-Jones, E. (2017). Presidents, Assembly Dissolution and the Electoral Performance of Prime Ministers. Comparative Political Studies [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010414017710267.
Schleiter, P. and Morgan-Jones, E. (2010). Who's in Charge? Presidents, Assemblies, and the Political Control of Semipresidential Cabinets. Comparative Political Studies [Online] 43:1415-1441. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010414010371904.
Schleiter, P. and Morgan-Jones, E. (2009). Constitutional Power and Competing Risks: Monarchs, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and the Termination of East and West European Cabinets. American Political Science Review [Online] 103:496-512. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0003055409990062.
Schleiter, P. and Morgan-Jones, E. (2009). Party government in Europe? Parliamentary and semi?presidential democracies compared. European Journal of Political Research [Online] 48:665-693. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6765.2009.00847.x.
Schleiter, P. and Morgan-Jones, E. (2009). Review Article: Citizens, Presidents and Assemblies: The Study of Semi-Presidentialism beyond Duverger and Linz. British Journal of Political Science [Online] 4:871-892. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007123409990159.
Schleiter, P. and Morgan-Jones, E. (2007). Semipresidencialismo: decisions constitucionales y consecuencias politicas. Politica y Gobierno 14:514-524.
Morgan-Jones, E. and Schleiter, P. (2005). Power to the Presidents: Democracy and Constitutional Innovation. World Today 61:5-6.
Morgan-Jones, E. and Schleiter, P. (2004). Governmental Change in a President-Parliamentary Regime: The Case of Russia 1994-2003. Post-Soviet Affairs [Online] 20:123-163. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2747/1060-586X.20.2.123.
Morgan-Jones, E. and Schleiter, P. (2004). The Eastern Enlargement of the EU and the Semi-Presidential Revolution. Journal of European Affairs 3:10-12.
Book section
Morgan-Jones, E. and Schleiter, P. (2017). Presidentes, calendario e demospenho elecitoral does primeiros-ministros. In: Costa Pinto, A. and Canelas Rapaz, P. J. eds. Presidentes E (Semi)Presidentcialismo Nas Democracias Contemporaneas. Lisbon, Portugal: Imprensa de Ciencias Sociais, pp. 61-77.
Morgan-Jones, E. and Schleiter, P. (2008). Russia: the benefits and perils of presidential leadership. In: Semi-Presidentialialism in Central and Eastern Europe. Manchester University Press, pp. 159-179.
Morgan-Jones, E. (2010). Constitutional Bargaining in Russia 1990-1993: Institutions and Uncertainty. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.
Downes, J. (2017). 'A New Electoral Winning Formula?' Beyond the Populist Radical Right: Center Right Party Electoral Success, 'Strategic Emphasis' and Incumbency Effects on Immigration in the 21st Century.
Total publications in KAR: 14 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Parliamentary and semi-presidential regimes
  • Cabinet composition and termination
  • Constitutional choice and its consequences
  • Democratic accountability, representation and policy making
  • West and East European Politics

Current Projects

  • Project examining the effects of economic context and constitutional rules on government termination and policy making across Europe.

Research Supervision

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

Emir Kulov
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

Dee Goddard
Explaining representation of women in post-communist Central and Eastern European Cabinets

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