Course: Lobbying

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Course title Lobbying
Course code KAP/LOB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Strnadová Lenka, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Krčál Petr, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. What are lobbies and pressure groups? What is lobbying? Traditional and alternative modes of interest enforcement 2. Actors in lobbying 3. International and supranational actors 4. Lobbying, pressure groups and democracy; corporate social responsibility 5. Lobbying targetting 6. Internal group analysis - internal factors of success 7. Analysis of the playing field - arena analysis 8. Agenda formation and strategies 9. Fieldwork 10. Protest politics nad direct action 11. EU and lobbying

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Project-based instruction, Multimedia supported teaching, Group discussion, Task-based study method, Textual studies, Lecture, Seminar
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Team project (50/number of students) - 25 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 30 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates from the course can identify various types of lobbying and interest groups. Students will identify different lobbying strategies employed according to the nature of lobbying actions. Students will be able to apply various lobbying strategies on particular examples and to modify them in an appropriate way.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Multimedia supported teaching
Task-based study method
Textual studies
Project-based instruction
Group discussion
assessment methods
Combined exam
Group presentation at a seminar
Recommended literature
  • BESLEY, COATE. Lobbying and Welfare in a Representive Democracy.
  • Brokl, Lubomír. Reprezentace zájmů v politickém systému České republiky. 1. vyd. Praha, 1997. ISBN 80-85850-48-6.
  • BROWNE, William P. Groups, Interests, and U.S. Public Policy. Washington, 1998. ISBN 0878406824.
  • Císař, Ondřej; Fiala, Petr. Obhajoba zájmů a transnacionální vztahy. 1. vyd. Brno : Masarykova univerzita, Mezinárodní politologický ústav, 2004. ISBN 80-210-3519-6.
  • DUVERGER, Maurice. Party Politics and Pressure Groups. Londýn, 1972. ISBN 0690610572.
  • GRAZIANO, G.. Je Brusel rájem pro lobbisty? in: Současná Evropa a Česká republika. 2002.
  • GRAZIANO, G. Lobbying, pluralism, democracy.
  • GREENWOOD, J.. Representing Interests in the European Union,. London, Macmillan Press, 1997.
  • KOLLMAN, K. Outside Lobbying: Public Opinion and Interests Group Strategies.
  • Müller, Karel. Češi a občanská společnost : pojem, problémy, východiska. Vyd. 1. Praha : Triton, 2002. ISBN 80-7254-232-X.
  • RICHAN, Willard C. Lobbying for Social Change. Third Edition. Binghamton, 2006. ISBN 978-0-7890-3166-2.
  • SCHENDELEN, M.P.C.P. National Public and Private EC Lobying. Dartmounth, 301 s., 1993. ISBN 1-85521-368-0.
  • Schendelen, Rinus van. Jak lobbovat v Evropské unii, aneb, Machiavelli v Bruselu. Vyd. 1. Brno : Centrum strategických studií, 2004. ISBN 80-86598-75-6.
  • THOMSON, Stuart ? JOHN, Steve ? MITCHELL, George J. Public Affairs in Practice: A Practical Guide to Lobbying. Londýn a Philadelphia, 2007. ISBN 074944472X.
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de. Demokracie v Americe. 1. vyd. Praha : Lidové noviny, 1992. ISBN 80-7106-051-8.
  • VLASÁK, P. Lobby regionů v EU, Současná Evropa a Česká republika. 2002.
  • WATTS, Duncan. Pressure Groups (Politics Study Guides). Edinburgh, 2007. ISBN 0748624392.
  • Znebejánek, František. Sociální hnutí : teorie, koncepce, představitelé. 1. vyd. Praha : SLON, 1997. ISBN 80-85850-31-1.

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 Summer