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Katedra politologie Fakulty sociálních studií

Výběr z navrhovaných témat doktorských prací oboru Politologie FSS MU – jaro 2017

Doc. Balík

  • Český antikomunismus
  • Proměny podoby a politických funkcí místních zastupitelských orgánů
  • Výzkum lokálních cleavages

Prof. Holzer

  • Moderní autoritarismy jako nové paradigma ve výzkumu nedemokracií
  • Současná ruská opozice: případová studie specifického aktéra v nedemokratickém režimu

Doc. Chytilek

  • Experimentální zkoumání účinků většinových volebních pravidel
  • Vztah polarizace elektorátů a stranických systémů

Doc. Kopeček

  • Strany politických podnikatelů (ve vybrané zemi či areálu)

Prof. Mareš

  • Konceptualizace terorismu na Ukrajině
  • Soudobá paramilitární uskupení v ČR
  • Transnacionální vazby rakouské krajní pravice

Doc. Roberts

  • Billionaires in Politics

It is commonly believed that the richest citizens have an enormous influence on politics, but little research describes the political views of billionaires or how they influence politics. Students consider the opinions or influence of the very rich in the Czech Republic or elsewhere.

  • Biography and Politics

What affect do biographical traits have on political behavior? Do female politicians behave differently than male ones? Does higher education help politicians to be more successful? Are experienced politicians more effective than newcomers? Students can investigate these questions in the Czech Republic or other countries.


Doc. Rybář

  • Institutional Performance in New European Democracies

What are the effects of state institutions on political processes and policy performance in democracies of Central and Eastern Europe? While most of the academic literature treats institutions in the region as dependent variables, i.e. attempts to explain their emergence and changes, it is time to assess the extent to which they produce predictable patterns of effects. At an empirical level, it is important to identify configurations of state institutions and their impact on various political as well as policy outputs. At a theoretical level, we need to identify and reconstruct causal mechanisms that link institutional variation to policy outputs. Systematic comparisons of Central and East European cases are especially encouraged.

  • Determinants and Consequences of Elite Recruitment in New Democracies

While we know a great deal about macropolitical factors such as party manifestos, policy platforms, campaign strategies, and subsequent government outputs, much less is known about individual background and careers on positions and decision-making of political elites. Dissertations in this area may focus on the executives (ministerial level), legislatures (MPs) or both. One of the possible avenues for research in this area is the so-called sequential analysis: We first collect data on previous personal, educational, party and parliamentary (etc.) careers, particular “sequences” (career patterns) are identified, and these are then linked to activities of political elites (preferences, activities, communication styles etc.). Possible topics include explaining incidence of non-party technocratic ministers in party-based coalition governments, differences in management style of ministers with specialised (e.g. managerial) background and the generalist (career politician) ministers; determinants of voting of members of parliament in issues with no party line; career patterns of regional chief executives (Czech hejtman, Polish marszalek, Slovak predseda VÚC) etc.

  • Impact of conservative social movements on political parties

In recent years, we have seen the rise of conservative social initiatives in various European countries aiming at halting, or preventing the adoption of, measures advocated by the LGBT transnational movement. While the conditions under which the LGBT movements emerge and operate are relatively well explored, much less is known about their opponents. Under what conditions and with what consequences do socially conservative initiatives emerge? What is their tactical positioning, what are their organizational strategies and repertoires of activities? And, perhaps crucially, what is their relationship with, and impact upon, existing and emerging political parties? Recent referenda on same sex marriages in Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia, as well as citizens’ petitions in Finland and Romania, to cite just a few examples, provide rich empirical material for exploration. Possible dissertation topics include (but are not limited to) explorations of how conservative social movements impact upon inter-party competition and cooperation, and how established and emerging parties benefit (or are hurt) by the new conservative political agenda. Exploring the impact of these movements on parties in the context of migration crisis in Europe is also a suitable topic.

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