Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences
The Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a leading social science public research institute located in Prague. It is engaged in research into contemporary society and in the provision of post-graduate education in the field of sociology. It conducts empirical surveys, comparative research studies, public opinion surveys, and case studies, applying modern qualitative and quantitative research methods, and it also cultivates the development of sociological theory and methodology. Research at the Institute also makes use of concepts and methods from related scholarly fields, such as economics, law, political science, demography, social geography, and gender studies.
PLATO PhD candidate
PhD project: The anti-corruption strategies between checks and balances: the cost of EU legitimation approach
Senior Fellow and Head of the Department of Political Sociology
Zdenka Mansfeldová's fields of specialisation include political sociology, forms of interest representation, political parties, and parliaments. She has been on the editorial board of several Czech social science journals and a board member of national and international academic scientific bodies, including co-chair for RC08-Legislative Specialists, at the International Political Science Association, and vice-president of the Scientific Steering Committee of UNESCO’s MOST programme.
Her key publications include Euroscepticism and the perception of the European integration process in the Czech Republic between 2004 and 2010, co-edited with Petra Guasti (2012), 'Central European Parliaments over two decades – diminishing stability?' (The Journal of Legislative Studies, 2011), and The European Union and party politics in Central and Eastern Europe, co-edited with Paul G. Lewis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Political Sociology
Petra Guasti is also Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, and is co-chair of the ECPR Standing Group 'Central and Eastern European Politics'. Her main research focus is democracy, more specifically on the growing tension within the system of representative democracy in respect to its legitimacy. Her main interests are the study of structures, actors and processes that enable more participation of citizens, leading to more inclusiveness of representative democracy.
Her publications include 'Development of citizen participation in Central and Eastern Europe after the EU enlargement and economic crises' (Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2016), and ‘Introduction – EU simulations as a multi-dimensional resource’, with Wolfgang Muno and Arne Niemann (European Political Science, 2015).