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Institute: Institute of Political Sciences SAS

Dr. Pavel Blaho and the shaping of Slovak politics
Dr. Pavel Blaho a formovanie slovenskej politiky
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Pekník Miroslav CSc.
Annotation:Based on the research into the activity of Pavel Blaho as a political journalist and educator, the project aims to broaden and deepen scientific perspective on the politics of the 19th and 20th centuries in Slovakia – on the history of Slovak political thought and the leading Slovak political figures.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

National interests of the Slovak Republic in international relations in the post-integration period
Národnoštátne záujmy SR v medzinárodných vzťahoch v post-integračnom období
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Marušiak Juraj PhD.
Annotation:Aim of the project is analysis of international relations of SR in period after 2004 - accession to the EU. The research question is how Slovakia's accession to the EU has affected the content of the discussion, the procedural aspects and the structure of actors in formulating the national-state interests of the Slovak Republic. We build on the fact that the definition of national interest as a an integral part of the foreign policy of the state is still relevant. To what extent has its understanding changed after 2004? Research will focus on potential change in treatment of concept of national interest after 2004 and shift in its perception from national to supranational level. The methodological framework of the approach will be provided by producing case studies and synthesising individual outputs, by analysing and identifying internal political factors of the formulation of the nation-state interest, as well as by outlining the typology of the main actors and their roles in society.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2018

Leading personalities in Slovak politics
Osobnosti slovenskej politiky
Program: Other projects
Project leader: PhDr. Pekník Miroslav CSc.
Duration: 1.9.2017 - 31.12.2021

The Political and Democratic Theories of the Czech ans Slovak Dissent in the 1970s and 1980s
Politické a demokratické teórie českého a slovenského disentu v 70. a 80. rokoch 20. storočia
Program: SASPRO
Project leader: Dr. phil. Dalberg Dirk M.A.
Annotation:The intended study aims to contribute to research on the history of Czech and Slovak political ideas in general and of democratic theories of Czech and Slovak dissent in particular. After the abolition of the Prague spring in August 1968, until the velvet revolution in November 1989, as it was in all states of the former East-block, as well in Czechoslovakia it was impossible to express independent political thought in public. But dissidents like Milan Šimečka, Miroslav Kusý, Petr Uhl, Egon Bondy and Peter Pithart did not hesitate to formulate political theories in spite of all negative reaction from the communist state. The theories of the dissidents, which so far did not attracted much interest in German, English neither in Czech and Slovak literature, are the answer to the challenges of the time they lived in. They Theories contain the three classical operations of political theories: First, statements about political facts. Second, statements about causalities, combined with predictions about what will be. Third, conclusions about desirable developments.
Duration: 14.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

Politics and history – an organic part of dealing with the past
Politika a história - súčasť vyrovnávania sa s minulosťou
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Kmeť Norbert CSc.
Annotation:Every society, especially since the establishment of the modern concept of nation, has used its history for political purposes, political consolidation and legitimation of an existing social order, or has used the changes in the interpretation of history for enforcing social transformations. The project aims to point out how the selected historical themes have been used by politicians for their specific political goals since 1945, particularly in the post-1989 period and how these have reverberated in the general public. Every political system, regardless of its nature, deliberately selects and promotes certain historical events in order to vindicate its own ideological and political orientation. If such events are associated with the process of building democratic citizenship, they are usually viewed favourably within the society.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Priorities of the Central and Eastern European Countries in the Context of the Energy Union
Priority krajín strednej a východnej Európy v kontexte Energetickej únie
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Mgr. Marušiak Juraj PhD.
Annotation:Project ENERGIES (Energy Priorities) studies positions of Central and Eastern European EU member states toward the Energy Union proposal that is European Commission's project aiming to unite currently fragmented EU energy policy. Member countries have a key position when it comes to further development of energy policy at the EU level as they decide about support of individual proposals presented within the Energy Union. The main research question studies the determinants of member states‘ support of the Energy Union. ENERGIES project has three main aims: a) to analyse the development of integration in energy policy area at the EU level in connection to Energy Union proposal; b) to examine positions of Central and Eastern European countries in this area and c) to study the sources of these countries’ preferences (support or opposition) towards Energy Union. The project will analyse issues connected to the Energy Union that are crucial for the Central and Eastern European countries. In order to fulfil the objectives of the project primary empirical research will be conducted. Semi-structured expert interviews will be conducted with representatives of member states at the domestic level as well as at the level of permanent representations in Brussels and with the representatives of EU institutions VV 2016 Základný výskum APVV-16-0062 Akronym: ENERGIES 01.06.2017 10:40 Strana/Page: 2 (especially the European Commission, but also the Council of the EU and the European Parliament). The project will aim to publish its result in high-impact peer review international journals, but will also focus on policy-relevant outputs. The knowledge in energy policy area gained during the execution of the project will be used in the midterm period as the EU faces several energy-related challenges connected to changes in supply of energy sources to the EU (termination of transit through Ukraine and Brotherhood pipeline, building of Nord Stream 2 and/or Turkish stream pipeline) as well as in connection with further development of renewable sources of energy and co-calle.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2021

Strategy for the transformation of society in the context of civilizational analysis
Stratégia transformácie spoločnosti v kontexte civilizačnej analýzy
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Dinuš Peter PhD.
Annotation:The essence of the scientific project is to grasp the current reality of repeated failure of global capitalism and, in the context of civilizational analysis, to suggest possible avenues of non-capitalist development. The current world system, which is producing extreme social inequalities, is undergoing an economic and political crisis. To deal with the phenomenon of this crisis means to become aware of not only its destructive potential but also its possible creative contribution in generating new civilization postulates and alternative conceptions. These cannot rely solely on Euro-Atlantic cultural circle, or on the dominance of the West, but should also take account of the increasingly multipolar world.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2018

Election 1946 and Election 2016 in Slovakia
Voľby 1946 a voľby 2016 na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Marušiak Juraj PhD.
Annotation:The project aims at analyzing the election 1946 from the political and historical perspective, including the estimate of the structural distribution of the electoral support by the up-to date methods of ecological inference. However, the objective is to extend the analyses of the election not only going to the past but also to the future: general election 2016 will be likely held in the time of duration of our proposed project. Both analytical objectives are structured by their content. Election 2016 will have a strong comparative dimension with the elections held in Slovakia since 1994, as well as cross-country comparisons with the elections in other countries. The out puts of the project will be summarized in two scientific publications, monographs: „Election 1946“ and „Slovak Election ‘16“. The latter publication should be sent to printing in the first half of the third year of the project, whereas the publication Election 1946 will be submitted by the end of the three-year project.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

The total number of projects: 8