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Course title -
Course code KSV/PSPX
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Hanáček Vladimír, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Course content: 1) Introduction: general background of comparative political science, political system as an object of political analysis, post-communist countries and possibilities of their comparative study 2) Political development in Slovakia in a historical perspective: the tradition of Slovak politics and its specifics, Slovakia in the framework of Hungary in the times of the Habsburg monarchy, Slovakia in the framework of the first Czechoslovakia, the wartime Slovak state, Slovakia in post-war Czechoslovakia, the break-up of Czechoslovakia 3) Constitutional and political system of Slovakia: tradition and foreign inspiration, separation of powers, form of constitutional institutions and their development tendencies, comparison with the Czech Republic 4) Party system of Slovakia, elections and governmental alternations: introduction of the most important Slovak political parties and the development of the party system, election results and different governmental formations within the political process, comparison with the Czech Republic 5) Political development in Poland in historical perspective: traditions of Polish statehood and politics, development of Polish national politics within the framework of three "partitions" in the 19th century, interwar political development of Poland, "People's" Poland and its political milestones, transition to democracy 6) The constitutional and political system of Poland: tradition and foreign inspiration, separation of powers, the form of constitutional institutions and their evolutionary tendencies, comparison with the Czech Republic 7) Party system of Poland, elections and governmental alternation: introduction of the most important Slovak political parties and the development of the party system, election results and different governmental formations, important milestones in the political process of Poland after 1989, comparison with the Czech Republic 8) Political development in Hungary in a historical perspective: Zalitavy as part of the federalised Habsburg monarchy and the differences of its political structure in relation to Pre-Lithuania, political development of interwar Hungary and World War II, post-war Hungary and the nature of its communist regime, 1956 and developments thereafter, transition to democracy 9) Hungary's constitutional and political system: tradition and foreign inspiration, separation of powers, the form of constitutional institutions and their evolutionary tendencies, comparison with the Czech Republic 10) Party system of Hungary, elections and governmental alternation: introduction of the most important Slovak political parties and the development of the party system, election results and different governmental formations in the political process after 1989, specifics of Hungarian politics in the Central European area, comparison with the Czech Republic 11) Political systems of the Baltic countries: the historical development of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and its influence on the shape of the current political system, the specifics of the post-Soviet Baltic space and its differences and similarities with other post-communist countries 12) The political system of Slovenia: the historical development of Slovenia, the traditions of Slovenian politics and their influence on the shape of the current political system, the post-Yugoslavian specificity of the political system of Slovenia and its differences from other countries of the former Yugoslavia, the Central European character of contemporary Slovenian politics 13) The political systems of Romania and Bulgaria: the 'Balkan' political tradition, the nature of communist regimes and their impact on the shape of the Romanian and Bulgarian transitions to democracy, the similarities and differences in the development of political systems after 1989, the joint accession to and position in the EU

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the formal-legal and institutional framework and development of political systems of post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the historical background of their origin, in a comparative perspective with the political system of the Czech Republic using analytical tools of comparative political science. The dominant focus will be on the V4 countries, as well as on the Baltic States, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria.
The student will know the basic realities of political systems of post-communist countries, their historical background and institutional framework, will be able to compare their characteristics and work with the theory that explains them. The student will also be able to work with sources and analyse media outputs concerning their development.
Prerequisites
unspecified

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment

Recommended literature
  • Antoszewski, Andrzej - Herbut, Ryszard (eds.):. Demokracje Europy Šrodkowo-Wschodniej w perspektiwie porównawczej, Wydawnictwo Unywersytetu Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Wrocław, 1997.
  • Cabada, Ladislav a kol.:. Nové demokracie střední a východní Evropy, Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze, Nakladatelství Oeconomica, Praha, 2008.
  • Cabada, Ladislav:. Politický systém Slovinska, Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), Praha, 2005.
  • Dančák, Břetislav (ed.):. Pobaltí v transformaci: Politický vývoj Estonska, Litvy a Lotyšska, Mezinárodní politologický ústav, Masarykova univerzita, Brno, 1999.
  • Fiala, Petr - Herbut, Ryszard (eds.):. Středoevropské systémy politických stran: Česká republika, Maďarsko, Polsko a Slovensko, Masarykova univerzita, Mezinárodní politologický ústav, Brno, 2003.
  • Fitzmaurice, John:. Politics and government in Visegrád countries: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Macmillan Press, London, 1998.
  • Gyárfášová, Olga - Mesežnikov, Grigorij (eds.):. Vláda strán na Slovensku: skúsenosti a perspektívy, Inštitut pre verejné otázky, Bratislava, 2004.
  • Hloušek, Vít - Kopeček, Lubomír:. Konfliktní demokracie, Moderní masová politika ve střední Evropě, Masarykova univerzita, Mezinárodní politologický ústav, Brno, 2004.
  • Kopeček, Lubomír:. Demokracie, diktatury a politické stranictví na Slovensku, CDK, Brno, 2006.
  • Kopeček, Lubomír (ed.):. Od Mečiara k Dzurindovi, Masarykova univerzita, Mezinárodní politologický ústav, Brno, 2003.
  • Kopeček, Lubomír:. Politické strany na Slovensku 1989 až 2006, CDK, Brno, 2007.
  • Koudelka, Zdeněk:. Ústavní systém Slovenska, Masarykova univerzita, Brno, 1995.
  • Kubát, Michal:. Demokracie v Polsku: politický systém Polské republiky (1989 - 2005), Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), Praha, 2005.
  • Pavlíček, Václav a kol.:. Transformace ústavní systémů zemí střední a východní Evropy, Právnická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, Praha, 2000.
  • Strmiska, Maxmilián (ed.):. Politické strany moderní Evropy, Portál, Praha, 2005.


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