Democracy, State and Informal Politics in Comparative Perspective 20. 11. 2014

6.11.2014 (Autor: Jan Bíba)

Democracy, State and Informal Politics in Comparative Perspective

20th November 2014

Department of Political Science
Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
U Kříže 8, 158 00 Jinonice – Praha 5

Registration (at the lobby)
9:00 – 9:50

Room 2075

9:50 – 10:00: Opening Speech
H. E. Christine Mei-Yu Hsueh (Ambassador, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Prague)

10:00 – 12:00: Morning session

Keynote Speakers

Cheng-Hao Pao: Consolidation or Deterioration: How Social Movement Changes the State-Society Relation in Taiwan
Svend-Erik Skaaning: The Rule of Law: Theoretical and Empirical Dimensions

12: 00 – 13:00: Lunch Break

Afternoon session

Room 2075

13:00 – 15:00: 1.Panel: Corruption in Comparative Perspectives
• Nurhamin Nahar Usman: District Elections in Indonesian Politics: A Case Study
• Jiří Skuhrovec: Are EU Funds a Corruption Risk? The Impact of EU Funds on Grand Corruption in Central and Eastern Europe
• Dalson Figueiredo: Institutional Capacity and Corruption: Evidence from Brazil
• Meron Tesfamichael: Wiping the State Clean: The Dynamics of Diffusing Anti-Corruption Norms in Kenya

15:00 – 15:15: Coffee break

15:15 - 17:15: 2.Panel: Friends, Patrons and Clients
• Anastasia Nosova: Their Friends of the Night Are Their Friends of the Day: The Role of Informal Ties in Politics and State-Business Relations in Kuwait
• Mihai Dinescu: Is Civil Society Lobbying a Cure for EU’s Democratic Deficit?
• Michael J. Butler: Adventures in Statebuilding: Neo-Trusteeship, Informal Politics, and UN Administration in Timor-Leste
• Jesko Schmoller: Shiny Facades, Corrupted Interiors: Discrepancies between the Apparent and the Real in the Uzbek Civil Service
17:15 – 17:30: Coffee break

17:30 – 19:00: 3.Panel: Civil Society and Informal Politics
• Ruairidh J. Brown: Scotland’s ‘Authentic Identity’ The Creation of National Identity through Informal Political Mechanisms in Scottish Civil Society
• Joldon Kutmanaliev: Interethnic Violence and Intraethnic Policing: Intercommunal Pacts, Traditional Mediation, and Informal Politics in Southern Kyrgyzstan, 2010
• Steve Kwok-leung Chan: Informal Politics and Policy Networks: Sino-Hong Kong High Speed Railway Development and the Resistance of Tsoi Yuen Village

Room 4014

13:00 – 15:00: 1.Panel: Parties, Elections and Informal Politics
• Isabel Kusche: Informal Politics and the Relationship between Formal and Informal Power - Some Theoretical Points and their Application to the Case of Ireland
• Almas Haider: Role of Informal Institutions in Shaping Politics in India
• Eun Hee Woo: Institutional Change and Intra-Party Democracy: Mechanisms of Party Elite Recruitment in South Korea
• Ummu Atiyah Ahmad Zakuan: Empowering Women in Political Parties in Malaysia: A Reality or A Myth?
15:00 – 15:15: Coffee break

15:15 -16:45: 2.Panel: Eastern Europe and Informal Politics
• Nicolas Hayoz: Cultures of Informality in Eastern Europe and the Post-Soviet Space in Comparative Perspective
• Jiří Šebek: Power of Kith and Kin: Empirical Evidence of Kin among Public Administrators, Judges and Notaries in the Czech Republic
• Marcel Tomášek: Hybrid Patterns of Property Management in CEE and Their Potential Longer-term Consequences; How Many Capitalisms? In View of the Czech Case
16:45 – 17:00: Coffee break

17:00 – 19:00: 3.Panel: States, Regimes and Informal Politics
• Michal Sniehotta: Failed State Concept: Theoretical Views of a State and Its Failure in Sub-Saharan Africa
• Yannick Bassler: Institutional Parallelism of Orders in Non-Democratic Regimes. Regime Stability in Kazakhstan and Uganda
• Adnan Seyaz: Russia’s ‘Managed Democracy’ in 2000s: How Informal Politics Contributed?
• Lada Homutová: Political Authority in Vietnam within the Context of Informal Politics

Non-presenting participants are required to register by email to by 19th November. The registration is free of charge for non-presenting participants.

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