USESEP005 Question of Democracy I

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2012
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Petr Hlaváček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lukáš Vomlela, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lukáš Vomlela, Ph.D.
Institute of Central European Studies – Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is concentrated on theory of democratic regimes. The attention is paid mainly to individual basic theories of democracy, principal classification types of democracy and fundamentals of function of democratic state mechanicals. The aim of the subject is to introduce the theory and practice of democratic regimes and management of the method of application of this theory in political science to students. This course is followed by a course Question of democracy II.
  • 1. Introduction to course
    2. Democracy phenomenon
    3. Ancient and liberal theories of democracy
    4. Republican and deliberative theory of democracy
    5. Social-political conditions of democracy
    6. Elites and democracy, elitist theories, J. Schumpetere
    7. Parliamentary democracy
    8. Presidential democracy
    9. Consensual democracy
    10. Competitive democracy
    11. Theory of democracy at the beginning of the 21st century
    12. Conclusion of the course
    required literature
  • Hloušek, V., Kopeček, L. (eds.). Demokracie. Teorie, modely, osobnosti, podmínky, nepřátelé a perspektivy demokracie. Brno: Mezinárodní politologický ústav, 2003. info
  • ŘÍCHOVÁ, B. Přehled moderních politologických teorií. Empiricko-analytický přístup v soudobé politické vědě. Praha, Portál, 2000. info
  • SVENSSON, P. Teorie demokracie. Brno: CDK, 1995. info
  • ČERMÁK, V. Otázka demokracie I. - Demokracie a totalitarismus. Praha: Academia, 1992. info
    recommended literature
  • HLOUŠEK, V., KOPEČEK, L. Konfliktní demokracie. Moderní masová politika ve střední Evropě. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, MPÚ, 2004. info
  • DAHL, R. O demokracii. Praha, Portál, 2001. info
  • SARTORI, G. Srovnávací ústavní inženýrství. Praha: SLON, 2001. info
  • ČERMÁK, V. Otázka demokracie III. - Společnost a stát. Olomouc, 1997. info
  • DAHL, R. Demokracie a její kritici. Praha, VP, 1995. info
  • JODL, M. Teorie elit a problém elit. Praha, VP, 1994. info
  • SARTORI, G. Teória demokracie. Bratislava: Archa, 1993. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018.
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