Course: Institutionalism

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Course title Institutionalism
Course code KAP/INST
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Jurek Petr, PhDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Rosůlek Přemysl, Doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction to the question of institutions in politics; types of institutions; key terms 2. Theory of institutionalism; constructivism and institutionalism 3. Institutions od direct democracy in European states - example of Switzerland 4. Institutions of state and nation 5. Rational institutionalism - an interpretation of corporative relations in democratic states 6. Institutions of federalism 7. Institutionalism of political actors 8. Institutions and identity formation 9. Institutions of the EU 10. EU enlargement and export of institutions 11. Eastern enlargement and EU transformation 12. Other approaches to institutional diversity of EU integration 13. Perspectives of "new institutionalism"

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Discussion, Textual studies
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 50 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
After passing the course, students will be able to: - describe and explain in detail key terms related to the issue of institutionalism - identify and analyze basic types of institutions - analyze institutions at sub-regional, regional, state and suprastate levels - compare, differentiate and identify their main features
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Textual studies
assessment methods
Combined exam
Recommended literature
  • Birch, Sarah. Electoral systems and political transformation in post-communist Europe. 1st pub. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. ISBN 0-333-98765-9.
  • Boix, Carles,; Stokes, Susan Carol. The Oxford handbook of comparative politics. 1st pub. Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-956602-0.
  • Hart, Paul 't,; Patapan, Haig,; Kane, John. Dispersed democratic leadership : origins, dynamics, and implications. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-956299-2.
  • Helms, Ludger. Presidents, prime ministers and chancellors : executive leadership in western democracies. 1st pub. Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. ISBN 1-4039-4251-X.
  • Luther, Kurt Richard,; Müller-Rommel, Ferdinand. Political parties in the new Europe : poolitical and analytical challenges. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-19-928398-9.
  • Pactet, Pierre. Institutions politiques ; Droit constitutionnel. 12 édition. Paris : Masson, 1993. ISBN 2-225-84342-2.
  • Rhodes, R. A. W.,; Binder, Sarah A.; Rockman, Bert A. The Oxford handbook of political institutions. 1st pub. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-954846-0.
  • Samuels, David J.; Shugart, Matthew S. Presidents, parties, and prime ministers : how the separation of powers affects party organization and behavior. 1st pub. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-68968-7.
  • Washbourne, Neil. Mediating politics : newspapers, radio, television and the Internet. Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2010. ISBN 0-335-21759-1.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Political Science (15-3) Social sciences 1 Winter