13 December 2017: Round Table on Challenges to Liberal Democracy in Slovakia and the Czech Republic

Leiden University’s Central and East European Studies Center cordially invites you to attend the roundtable

Challenges to Liberal Democracy: Slovakia and the Czech Republic

  • Date: Wednesday 13 December 2017
  • Time: 16:00-17:30
  • Venue: Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, room 5.A47


  • Darina Malová, Department of Political Science, Comenius University Bratislava
  • Tomas Cirhan, CEES.center (Institute of Political Science, Leiden University)
  • Chair: Petr Kopecký, CEES.center (Institute of Political Science, Leiden University)

Darina Malová is full Professor at the department of Political Science of Comenius University in Bratislava. Her research interests include the democratization, ethnic and minority issues, gender, nationalism and extremism. Her works have been published in a number of edited volumes and academic journals, including West European Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Problems of Post-Communism, Political Psychology. She is past or current member of several Editorial boards of journal in domestic and European journals, for example Austrian Journal of Political Science, West European Politics, Austrian Journal of Political Science, Studia Politica Slovaca, East Central Europe–L’Europe du center-Est.

Tomas Cirhan is presently a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Institute of Political Science. His main research interests are new anti-establishment parties, post-communist party systems and rise of populist politics in Central Eastern Europe. In his current doctoral research, he focuses on explaining success of new Czech anti-establishment party called ANO, adopting a party organizational approach to determine factors responsible for repeated electoral success of this party. He recently published articles about career backgrounds of political elites in Czech Journal of Political Science and is currently publishing an article about alternative party member types in new Czech parties.

Petr Kopecký is Professor of Political Science and co-editor of the journal East European Politics. He studied Economics at the University of Economics in Prague and Political Science at the University of Manchester. His main research interest are political parties and party systems in contemporary democracies. His current research focuses on the relationship between political patronage and the processes of party building and party organisational transformation, and on the politicisation of recruitment of appointed elites. His other research interests include comparative (East) European politics, democratisation, comparative political institutions, legislative behaviour, and civil society.

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