The 2010 election of the Czech Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies has been called “surprising” and “a watershed”. The results are described as unexpected and revolutionary, reflecting a clear message sent by the public to the political elite. The volume Volby do Poslanecké sněmovny v roce 2010 [The 2010 election of the Chamber of Deputies] endeavours to analyse the electoral process in the widest approach possible. The book can be divided into three section. The first is dedicated to circumstances preceding the election proper: development of political parties and the party system during the electoral term 2006-2010 and the issue of early election called for 2009 but eventually cancelled. The second section contains chapters about the 2010 election itself, focusing on electoral programmes, parties’ campaigns, the role played in the campaign by the media, election polls, use of preference votes, influence of candidate personality on the decisions of the electorate, and finally electoral geography, i.e. the territorial distribution of electoral results. The last section consist of a single chapter which looks into the possible consequences the planned but eventually abandoned electoral engineering would have had on the distribution of seats after the 2010 election.
On 20 and 21 October 2010 a conference entitled Voliči a volby 2010 [Electorate and elections 2010] was held in Olomouc. Otto Eibl and Barbora Petrová presented their paper Political TV Debates in the Czech Republic – from Breadsnacks to Soundbites? in the first section called Central Europe’s 2010 Elections where PhD students presented their research. Petr Voda’s contribution to the same section was called Geographical Analysis of 2010 Elections in V4. In the main programme, Jakub Šedo presented his analysis of the territorial dimension of stability of representation between the 2006 and 2010 elections, Anna Matušková spoke about the establishment of the TOP09 brand and Roman Chytilek presented a functional model for analysing pre-election debates. Stanislav Balík chaired a panel discussing political parties and elections held in 2010.
A special issue of the journal Environmental Politics (Routledge) “Environmental Mobilisation and Organisations in Post-Socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union” was just published, containing an article on the Czech environmental movement by Ondřej Císař.
The issue can be accessed here.
A seminar titled “Power, decision-making and social networks”, financed by European Science Foundation, was held between 25 and 26 August in the Geary Institute (University College Dublin) as part of the project “Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 2”. ISPO was represented by Ondřej Císař and Jiří Navrátil who presented their paper "Transaction Politics".