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Czech Democracy in Crisis

  • Astrid Lorenz
  • Hana Formánková
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 271-278

About this book

Introduction

"Democracy theories and comparative political science have been challenged within the last decade by an unexpected democratic deficit and the rise of populism in the new EU-member states. This volume written by German and Czech scholars gives some food for thought for solving these research problems by means of thorough analyses of the polity, the politics and selected policies of the Czech Republic since 1990."
Dieter Segert, retired Professor of Political Science (Area Studies on Eastern Europe), University of Vienna, Austria

"Czech Democracy in Crisis is a long-overdue comprehensive study of the Czech political system. Using institutional approaches to change, it explores crucial policy outcomes. A perfect book  for academics and practitioners who want to understand the challenges of democratic consolidation in a new democracy."
Lenka Bustikova, Associate Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University, USA, and author of Extreme Reactions: Radical Right Mobilization in Eastern Europe

The image of the Czechs as a poster child of democratization has changed into a crisis narrative in recent years. This edited volume traces this change and examines the suitability of different theories to explain developments in Czech democracy. The contributors, all renowned experts in their fields, offer well-founded and compact insights into the post-1989 Czech political system. They cover political institutions and parties; civil society; the media; and selected policy areas such as foreign, economic, migration and regional policy. The book takes into account processes of democratization and Europeanization, explaining the political picture at various stages of development. Finding that many of today’s problems—fragmented political parties, government instability, inefficient state administration and low quality of governance—have not been new developments but have constantly existed, the authors present a plea for theoretical adjustments that should be read by all academics, students, practitioners and readers with an interest in Czech politics and society.

Astrid Lorenz is Jean Monnet Professor of Political Science at Leipzig University, Germany. Her research and teaching fields include comparative constitutional politics, comparative government as well as systemic change and European integration. She is the Academic Director of the international M.A. study programme “European Integration in East Central Europe”.

Hana Formánková is Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science at Leipzig University, Germany. Her research and teaching fields include Europeanization, comparative government as well as regionalization and EU regional policy. She previously was a member of the Czech Foreign Service.

Keywords

Czech Republic democracy system change democratisation liberalisation Europeanisation quality of democracy governance indexes consolidation political system civil society citizen participation NGOs association election systems representation parties party systems parliament

Editors and affiliations

  • Astrid Lorenz
    • 1
  • Hana Formánková
    • 2
  1. 1.Leipzig UniversityLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Leipzig UniversityLeipzigGermany

About the editors

Astrid Lorenz is Jean Monnet Professor of Political Science at Leipzig University, Germany. Her research and teaching fields include comparative constitutional politics, comparative government as well as systemic change and European integration. She is the Academic Director of the international M.A. study programme “European Integration in East Central Europe”.

Hana Formánková is Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science at Leipzig University, Germany. Her research and teaching fields include Europeanization, comparative government as well as regionalization and EU regional policy. She previously was a member of the Czech Foreign Service.

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