The project aims to increase the knowledge about the perceptions of the relation between the political and distributive systems legitimacy. It also focuses on problems of social inequalities and social capital. The instruments used and the inclusion into an international network enable these issues to be approached from a temporal comparative perspective: the changes in the perceptions in the Czech society, several post-communist and West European societies since the beginning of the 1990´s are compared.
Publikace vydané v rámci projektu (celkem 25, zobrazeno 21 - 25)
Using one of the first surveys of party members undertaken in Central and Eastern Europe, this study outlines the socio-demographic and attitudinal profile of Czech Christian Democratic (KDU-ČSL) party members. An exploration of the cohesiveness of KDU-ČSL party members and Czech parliamentary party groupings (PPGs) demonstrates that the power of middle level party elites to exert influence on the legislative process is determined by issue area and party.
There has been much scholarly debate over the measurement of party identification and the degree to which closeness to parties is an enduring stable attitude. This research investigates an important puzzle where two post-European election surveys undertaken during June 2004 yield significantly different estimates of citizen closeness to political parties.
In this article, a comparison is made between economic and identity explanations of preferences toward EU membership in the Czech Republic. This research demonstrates that economics rather then identity is a more powerful explanation of public opinion toward accession. The results presented should not be taken to imply that instrumental rather than ideological or affect based motivations determine general attitudes toward integration.