POLb1121 Money and Politics

Fakulta sociálních studií
jaro 2023
1/1/0. 5 kr. Ukončení: zk.
Mgr. Aneta Pinková, Ph.D. (přednášející)
doc. Mgr. Peter Spáč, Ph.D. (přednášející)
Mgr. Aneta Pinková, Ph.D.
Katedra politologie - Fakulta sociálních studií
Kontaktní osoba: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Katedra politologie - Fakulta sociálních studií
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Cíle předmětu
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.
Výstupy z učení
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
    povinná literatura
  • Braidwood, T. (2015). Desirable pork: do voters reward for earmark acquisition? Research & Politics, 2(4).
  • 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.
  • 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. (https://application.wiley-vch.de/books/sample/3527505970_c01.pdf)
  • Evans, D. (2004): Greasing the Wheels. Using Pork Barrel Projects to Build Majority Coalitions in Congress. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-25.
  • 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.
  • Rose-Ackerman, Susan. 1999. Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences, and Reform. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 113-126.
  • 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.
  • McDermott, R. (2002). EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. Annual Review of Political Science, 5(1), 31–61.
  • Golden, M. and Min, B. (2013): Distributive Politics Around the World. Annual Review of Political Science, 16, pp. 73-99.
  • Bøggild, T. (2016). How Politicians’ Reelection Efforts Can Reduce Public Trust, Electoral Support, and Policy Approval. Political Psychology, 37(6), 901–919.
  • Fiva, J. H. and Halse, A. H. (2016): Local favoritism in at-large proportional systems. Journal of Public Economics, 143, pp. 15-26.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hopkin, Jonathan. 2003. The Problem With Party Finance: Theoretical Perspectives on the Funding of Party Politics. London School of Economics (http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=
  • 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.
  • Stein, R. M. and Bickers, K. N. (1994): Congressional Elections and the Pork Barrel. The Journal of Politics, 56(2), pp. 377-399.
  • Kurer, Oskar. "Corruption: An alternative approach to its definition and measurement." Political Studies 53.1 (2005): 222-239.
  • Gardiner, John A. 2001. Defining Corruption, in: Heidenheimer, Arnold J. – Johnston, M. (eds.): Political Corruption, Concepts & Contexts. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, pp. 25-40.
  • Mulcahy, Suzanne. 2015. Lobbying in Europe: Hidden Influence, Privileged Access. Transparency International, pp. 14-22. (https://www.transparency.cz/wp-content/uploads/Lobbying-in-Europe-Hidden-influence-priviledged-access.pdf)
Výukové metody
Online lectures and discussion seminars via Zoom, reading, essays
Metody hodnocení
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
Vyučovací jazyk
Informace učitele
More detailed information is available in the syllabus in the folder "Course-Related Instructions" in Study Materials.
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