PMCb1113 Money and Politics

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Aneta Pinková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Peter Spáč, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Aneta Pinková, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Vlastimil Havlík, Ph.D.
Mon 10:00–11:40 P21a
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! POLb1121 Money and Politics && ! NOW ( POLb1121 Money and Politics )
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
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Course objectives
The course provides an insight into the topic of money in political arena. It shows that money is an inseparable part of power and decision making and it has important role and consequences in politics. The course deals with key aspects of money in politics, i.e. pork barrel politics, corruption, legitimacy of decisions and impact of money distribution on voting behavior. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand fundamental concepts connected to the role of money in politics and discuss their meaning, role and their implications.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to: - discuss and analyze the role of money in various political processes; - define pork-barrel politics, political corruption, lobbying and related phenomena; - understand and critically evaluate the main theoretical approaches to the study of all these phenomena; - describe and analyze instances of pork-barrel lobbying, political corruption and lobbying;
  • Introduction to the Topic, Course Information, Course Requirements Interest Groups and Lobbying in Politics The Phenomenon of Pork Barrel Politics Pork Barrel Logic of Real Politics Incidence of Pork Barrel Politics and its Consequences Public Response to Pork Barrel Politics The Costs and Benefits of Civic Engagement and Public Participation Interest Groups and Lobbying in Politics Corruption and Related Phenomena Political Corruption Funding Political Parties Public Procurement
    required literature
  • Hopkin, Jonathan. 2003. The Problem With Party Finance: Theoretical Perspectives on the Funding of Party Politics. London School of Economics (
  • Bøggild, T. (2016). How Politicians’ Reelection Efforts Can Reduce Public Trust, Electoral Support, and Policy Approval. Political Psychology, 37(6), 901–919.
  • Evans, D. (2004): Greasing the Wheels. Using Pork Barrel Projects to Build Majority Coalitions in Congress. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-25.
  • Fiva, J. H. and Halse, A. H. (2016): Local favoritism in at-large proportional systems. Journal of Public Economics, 143, pp. 15-26.
  • Gardiner, John A. 2001. Defining Corruption, in: Heidenheimer, Arnold J. – Johnston, M. (eds.): Political Corruption, Concepts & Contexts. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, pp. 25-40.
  • Kurer, Oskar. "Corruption: An alternative approach to its definition and measurement." Political Studies 53.1 (2005): 222-239.
  • Hilgers, Tina. 2012. Democratic Processes, Clientelistic Relationships, and the Material Goods Problem, in: Hilgers, Tina (ed.): Clientelism in Everyday Latin American Politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 3-22.
  • Mulcahy, Suzanne. 2015. Lobbying in Europe: Hidden Influence, Privileged Access. Transparency International, pp. 14-22. (
  • Stein, R. M. and Bickers, K. N. (1994): Congressional Elections and the Pork Barrel. The Journal of Politics, 56(2), pp. 377-399.
  • McDermott, R. (2002). EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. Annual Review of Political Science, 5(1), 31–61.
  • Rose-Ackerman, Susan. 1999. Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences, and Reform. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 113-126.
  • Braidwood, T. (2015). Desirable pork: do voters reward for earmark acquisition? Research & Politics, 2(4).
  • Bullock, C. S. and Hood, M. V. (2005): When Southern Symbolism Meets the Pork Barrel: Opportunity for Executive Leadership. Social Science Quarterly, 86(1), pp. 69-86.
  • Klemens, Joos. 2011. Lobbying in the new Europe : successful representation of interests after the Treaty of Lisbon, Weinheim : Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, pp. 15-42.
  • Lancaster, Thomas D., and Gabriella R. Montinola. "Comparative political corruption: Issues of operationalization and measurement." Studies in Comparative International Development 36.3 (2001): 3-28.
  • Laboutková, Šárka - Vymětal, Petr. 2018. Measuring the Transparent Lobbying - A Pilot Study for the Czech Republic. 16th International Scientific Conference “Economic Policy in the European Union Member Countries”At: Čeladná, Czech Republic, pp. 184-184.
  • Spáč, P. (2016): Pork Barrel Politics in a Coalition Government Environment and the Effect of Grants on the Reelection of Local Incumbents: Evidence from Slovakia. Czech Journal of Political Science, 23(3), pp. 251-271.
  • Hoare, A. G. (1992): Transport investment and the political pork barrel: a review and the case of Nelson, New Zealand. Transport Reviews, 12(2), pp. 133-151.
  • Golden, M. and Min, B. (2013): Distributive Politics Around the World. Annual Review of Political Science, 16, pp. 73-99.
Teaching methods
Lectures and discussion seminars, reading, essays.
Assessment methods
Position papers (2 * 10 points) – students are required to write two position papers during the course (details below) Final examination (40 points) – written examination with multiple-choice questions Active participation for lessons 2-5, 7-11 (10 * 1 point) Minimum for passing the course: 60 points
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
More detailed information is available in the syllabus in the folder "Course-Related Instructions" in Study Materials.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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