Archive for March, 2008

Central European University Political Science, Annual Doctoral Conference, Session II

Since I talked today about blogging as an academic took, it seems only right that I would do a bit of live-blogging from the session that followed my own. Here are a few thoughts. Apologies to anyone whose ideas I have mischaracterized: Oana Lup The Role of Political Talk in Developing Democracies: Evidence from Hungary […]

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Political Science 2.0: How Technological Change Affects Politics and Those Who Study It

Below please find notes for the talk I will give on March 31, 2008 at the Annual Doctoral Conference of the Poltical Science Department of Central European University. As befits the topic and this blog, I will be updating this page periodically to add resources and fill in the blanks. If you are reading this, […]

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Separated At Birth

Ceremonial president of former Czechoslovak republic seeks same. Must be medium height and and medium build, with grey hair cut short, and not unstylish glasses. Trimmed grey moustache and willingness to support the current governing coalition a plus. It has taken 15 years, many elections and several hairstylists, but Slovakia and the Czech Republic have […]

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February 2008: Trends and Comparisons Revised, Now with MVK!

Trends and Comparisons Monthly Report I missed the press release for MVK earlier this month and so I add its polls here with a few comments where MVK data actually changes anything. Because MVK results tend to stand between the other two surveys, the only major changes involve a gentle smoothing of trends: With MVK […]

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February 2008: Trends and Comparisons

Trends and Comparisons Monthly Report I offer here, as every month, a general and rather idiosyncratic look at poll numbers for Slovakia from rival political polling firms FOCUS and UVVM. (Toward that end, there will be a debate tonight–March 5 at 17:00–between Pavol Haulik of MVK–another of the big 3–and Ivan Dianiska from FOCUS at […]

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But enough about Slovakia…

Thanks to Michaela Stankova for her story on my research in The Slovak Spectator: http://www.spectator.sk/articles/view/30859/12/far_more_than_a_research_project.html She did a good job of transforming a rambling interview into a coherent narrative. For those who just can’t get enough, the full interview is on our Goat Street blog: http://bridgetmail.wordpress.com/2008/03/01/why-i-am-here-more-or-less/

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Exit, [Void] and Loyalty

(or why Dr. Sean hits the nail on the head) Kudos to Sean Hanley for his recent post, Do Slovak and Czech Christian Democrats have a prayer? Dr. Hanley, whose blog (Dr. Sean’s Diary, http://drseansdiary.blogspot.com/) has long been my model for public, academc discourse on postcommunist Europe, yet again calls attention to precisely the questions […]

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