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Předmět, akademický rok 2019/2020
European Public Space: Interest Representation and Public Debate (ES) - JPM432
Anglický název: European Public Space: Interest Representation and Public Debate
Zajišťuje: Katedra mezinárodních vztahu (23-KMV)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019 do 2019
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 24 / 20 (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Mgr. Viera Knutelská, Ph.D.
doc. PhDr. Jan Karlas, Ph.D., M.A.
Vyučující: Mgr. Viera Knutelská, Ph.D.
Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Viera Knutelská, Ph.D. (04.10.2019)
The course deals with the concept of European public space and public debate in general, and with interest representation and lobbying at European level in particular.
The course aims to provide an advanced understanding of European public space, place of the public debate in European decision-making and interest representation and lobbying in the EU. It should give students a sound theoretical background accompanied with broad understanding of decision-making practices related to public debate and interest representation and everyday practices of European decision-making related to these issues.
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Jana Krejčíková (01.04.2019)

Evaluation is performed in accordance to the Dean’s Provision.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Viera Knutelská, Ph.D. (07.09.2015)

The course consists of twelve lessons. Students are expected to prepare by reading assigned texts, mostly journal papers or book chapters. For some seminars, students are required to submitt a written preparation based on the assigned texts and questions posed by the lecturer at the previous lesson. Each lesson starts with an introductory lecture that gives an overview of the day’s topic and addresses the main questions.

The lecture is followed by a seminar-like part of the lesson, in which students are expected to actively discuss issues raised by the lecturer, based on the lecture and the assigned reading.

Attendance of the class as well as active participation in the discussion is obligatory for all students.

At the end of the semester, students deliver a final paper.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (06.12.2019)
  • Credit requirements

    • active participation in seminars
      • only 2 absences per semester are allowed, absence from the seminar must be reported to the lecturer via e-mail no later than 24 hours before the seminar, and later replaced by additional written work
      • written assignments and discussion
      • 40 % of the final credit
    • essay
      • to be submitted no later than 20/01/2020; earlier submission by 10/01/2020 is highly recommended
      • 4000 words (tolerance: 10 %)
      • 60 % of the final credit
      • choose one of the assigned topics
      • Submission instructions:
        • Name of the file: surname_first name_EPS2019
        • Submit to: knutelska.fsvcuni@analysis.urkund.com


    • How does Brexit influence the European public space, European (political) language and European identity?
    • Have the crises helped or hindered the development of the European public space?
    • Interest representation – source of legitimacy or unfair access?
    • EU affairs lobbying strategies – advantages and disadvantages
Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Viera Knutelská, Ph.D. (04.10.2019)

Course structure and readings



1. Introduction 04/10





2. European Public Sphere – concepts, definitions and approaches 11/10

  • Fossum, J.E. - Schlessinger, P. (2007) The European Union and the Public Sphere: A Communicative Space in the Making? (Introduction). In: Fossum, J.E. - Schlessinger, P. (2007)

Written assignment: What is public sphere? How is it relevant for democratic governance? How it applies to the EU?



3.  EPS – relevance, emergence 18/10

  • Follesdal, A. and Hix, S. (2006) “Why There Is a Democratic Deficit in the EU: A Response to Majone and Moravcsik”, Journal of Common Market Studies 44 (3): 533–562
  • Greenwood, J. – Tuokko, K. (2017) ‘The European Citizens’ Initiative: the territorial extension of a European political public sphere?’, European Politics and Society 18(2):166-181.



4. Language, media and public opinion 25/10

  • Blichner, L.C. (2007) ‘Political Integration in Europe and the need for a common European language’ In Fossum, J.E. - Schlessinger, P. (2007)

one of the following (as individually assignmened):

  • De Bruycker, I. (2017) ‘Politicization and the public interest: When do the elites in Brussels address public interests in EU policy debates?’, European Union Politics, doi: 10.1177/1465116517715525
  • de la Porte, C. – van Dalen, A. (2016) ‘Europeanization of national public spheres? Cross-national media debates about the European Union’s socio-economic strategy’, European Politics and Society 17(3): 279-293.
  • de Vries, C.E. (2017) ‘Benchmarking Brexit: How the British Decision to Leave Shapes EU Public Opinion’, Journal of Common Market Studies, DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12579
  • Eisele, O. (2018) 'Falling on deaf ears? Exploring the effects of newspaper coverage of the European Parliament on Public Support for it', Parliamentary Affairs, https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsy042



5. European identity: concept and emergence 1/11

  • Caporaso, J. A. – Min-hyung, K. (2009) ‘The dual nature of European identity: subjective awareness and coherence’ Journal of European Public Policy 16(1):19-42.

one of the following (according to individual assignment):

  • Luhman, S. (2017) ‘A Multi-Level Approach to European Identity: Does Integration Foster Identity?’, Journal of Common Market Studies,  DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12554
  • Schilde, K.E. (2014) Who are the Europeans? European Identity Outside of European Integration, Journal of Common Market Studies 52(3): 650-667

Written assignmnet: What is identity and how can it operationalized in research?





6. Interest Representation and Lobbying in the EU – introduction 08/11


  • Eising, R. (2017) ‘Studying interest groups: methodological challenges and tools’, European Political Science, 16(3):291-305.
  • Bouwen, P. (2004a) ‘Exchanging access goods for access: A comparative study of business lobbying in the European Union institutions’ European Journal of Political Research 43:337-369



7.  Lobbying the European Commission – process and institutional conditions 15/11

  • Boräng, F. – Naurin, D. (2015) ‘Try to see it my way!’ Frame congruence between lobbyists and European Commission officials’ Journal of European Public Policy 22(4): 499-515.
  • van Ballaert, B. (2017) ‘The European Commission’s use of consultation during policy formulation: The effects of policy characteristics’, European Union Politics 18(3): 406-423.



8. Lobbying the European Parliament – process and institutional conditions 22/11

  • Marshall, D. (2012) Do rapporteurs receive independent expert policy advice? Indirect lobbying via the European Parliament's committee secretariat, Journal of European Public Policy, 19(9):1377-1395
  • Beyers, J. - De Bruycker, I. – Baller, I. (2015) ‘The alignment of parties and interest groups in EU legislative politics. A tale of two different worlds?’ Journal of European Public Policy 22(4): 534-551.



9. Strategies and success – business and civil society groups 29/11


  • Judge, A. – Thomson, R. (2019) 'The responsiveness of legislative actors to stakeholdes'demands in the European Union', Journal of European Public Policy, 26(5): 676-695.
  • one of the following:
  • Dür, A. - Bernhagen, P. – Marshall, D.  (2015) ‘Interest Group Success in the European Union When (and Why) Does Business Lose?’  Comparative Political Studies 22(4): 570-587.
  • Junk, W.M. (2015): ‘Two logics of NGO advocacy: understanding inside and outside lobbying on EU environmental policies’ Journal of European Public Policy DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1041416, Published online: 14 May 2015.



10. Europeanisation of interest groups 6/1


  • Dür, A., Mateo, G. (2014) The Europeanization of interest groups: Group type, resources and policy area, European Union Politics, published online 6 May 2014
  • Kröger, S. (2017) ‘The Europeanisation of interest groups: beyond access, fit and resources’, Journal of European Integration, https://doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2017.1345899



11. Lobbying regulation 13/12






12. European Public Space in the Making and its implications for democratic decision-making – discussion 20/12

o   de Swaan, A. (2010) 'The European Void. The democratic deficit as a cultural deficiency.' In: Koopmans, R. – Statham, P. (2010)

o   Statham, P. (2010) 'What Kind of Europeanized Public Politics?' In: Koopmans, R. – Statham, P. (2010)

o   Saurugger, S. (2011) ‘Interest Groups and Democracy in the European Union’, In Beyers, J. – Eising, R. – Maloney, W.A. (eds) (2011)

Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Viera Knutelská, Ph.D. (07.09.2015)

Master course taught as an elective seminar for students of the International Relations Programme (MV, MAIN), but also for students of other Master programmes and Erasmus and other exchange students with interest in European decision-making, public space and lobbying.

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