Project details


Contemporary challenges of democracy in East Central Europe

Project Identification:GAP408/11/0709
Project Period:1/2011 - 12/2015
Investor:link to a new windowCzech Science Foundation
Programme / Project Type:Standard Projects -
MU Faculty/Unit:
Faculty of Social Studies
MU Investigator:Prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miroslav Mareš, Ph.D.
Field:AD - Political sciences (A - Social sciences)
Keywords:East Central Europe; Democracy; Democratization; deficits of democracy in posttransition

East-Central Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) has undergone processes of democratic consolidation and Europeanization. At the same time, politics in these countries faces original (both autochthonic and external) challenges and threats to democracy, only some of which are traceable to the communist past. These dangers include political extremism and violence, corruption, ethnic and religious conflicts, immigration and organized crime, as well as non-democratic defects of development in the region’s neighbouring countries. These phenomena have considerable influence over politics in East-Central Europe, and their consequences are evident both in the polity and politics dimensions. It is precisely inquiry into specific, area-typical forms of these challenges to democracy in East-Central Europe and their theoretical reflection that constitute the crux of this project. It thus draws and builds upon existing research dealing with the issue of embeddedness and transformation of democracy under diverse cultural-civilizational conditions.