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Selected publications of the faculty

The faculty of the Department of West European Studies have contributed to a number of publications on the European Union and its member states in recent years. We list selected publications only, all publications by the faculty can be found on the Faculty of Social Sciences website.


Kryštof Kozák, Tomáš Weiss, Helena Schulzová et al.:

Dopady krize v euroatlantickém prostoru /Impact of the crisis in the euroatlantic area/

Praha: Dokořán, 2012


The book, a joint venture by the Departments of West European and American Studies, analyses the imapact of the financial crisis in the United States and in Europe. The individual case studies deal with the topic at the level of international and national policies as well as various policy areas. The authors ask to what extent the crisis has been used as an opportunity for structural reform by states and international organisations and to what extent the crisis just deepened existing problems.



Finn Laursen (ed.):

The Making of the EU's Lisbon Treaty. The Role of Member States

Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2012


The European Union (EU) has gone through a number of treaty reforms since the establishment of the European Communities in the 1950s and the creation of the European Union by the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. The latest such reform is the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force in 2009.

In this book, a number of scholars explore the process of producing the Lisbon Treaty. The focus is on the role of member states, arguably the 'masters of the treaty.' Intergovernmental conferences have become the main setting for treaty reforms since the Single European Act (SEA) in the mid-1980s. This makes national preferences and inter-state bargaining important when new treaties are negotiated.

The Lisbon Treaty delineates a number of institutional changes. In the end the product has to be evaluated against the standards established at the outset. Will the treaty improve the efficiency, democratic legitimacy as well as the coherence of the Union's external action, as the member states claimed it would? While the final text of the treaty leaves the EU with some new institutional possibilities, it also has its limitations, especially in the area of foreign and security policy.

Lenka Rovná and Zuzana Kasáková contributed to this book with a chapter "The Czech Republic, an Uncomprehending and Difficult Partner?".


Mathias Jopp, Lenka Rovná, Gesa-Stefanie Brinckner (eds):

Leitbilder for the Future of the European Union. Dissenting Promoters of Unity

Baden Baden: Nomos, 2011


European integration has undergone a number of tests at the beginning of the 21st century, such as the treaty reform, financial framework negotiations, or eurozone enlargement. How has this development been reflected in the member states? How do actors in seven selected EU countries react to these changes and the increasing heterogeneity of the European Union? How have they formulated their ideas about the future development of the EU? The book tries to answer all these question using the so-called Leitbilder, which are expressions containing conceptions of EU development. Several members of the faculty have contributed to the book: Lenka Rovná has been a co-editor and penned the introduction, the case study on the Czech Republic was written by Ivo Šlosarčík, Zuzana Kasáková, Jan Váška, and Tomáš Weiss.


Ivo Šlosarčík:

Politický a právní rámec evropské integrace

/Political and legal framework of European integration/

Prague: Wolters Kluwer, 2010


The third and updated edition of the book introduces the political and legal framework of the European integration process, selected EU policies, and EU external action after the Lisbon Treaty. The book is targeted at students of European Studies and general public seeking information on the European integration.


Juliet Lodge et al.:

The 2009 Elections to the European Parliament

Basingstokes and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010


The book provides an analysis of the 2009 European Parliament elections in all 27 member states of the newly enlarged European Union. It also looks at the implications of the low turnout for the future of EU democracy and accountability. Lenka Rovná contributed to the book with chapters on the Czech Republic and on Slovakia.


Petr König et al.:

Rozpočet a politiky Evropské unie. Příležitost pro změnu

/Budget and policies of the European Union. Opportunity for a change

Prague: C.H.Beck, 2009


The authors aim at introducing the character and structure of the EU's budget and its impact on EU policies. Two department members have contributed to the book: Tereza Svačinová authored the chapter on preservation and management of natural resources (covering the Common Agricultural Policy above all) and Ivo Šlosarčík the chapter on EU administration.


David Král, Věra Řiháčková, Tomáš Weiss:

Views on American Foreign Policy. The Atlanticism of Political Parties in Central and Eastern Europe

Prague: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, 2008


The book analyses foreign policy priorities of Central and Eastern Europe's political parties in relation to the United States of America. It searches for similarities between CEE and West European distribution along the political spectrum.


Lenka Rovná, Zuzana Kasáková, Jan Váška (eds):

Evropská unie v členských státech a členské státy v Evropské unii

/European Union in the member states and the member states in the European Union/

Prague: Eurolex Bohemia and VIP Books, 2007


The book analyses the process of europeanization of the political and administrative systems of selected EU member states.


Ivo Šlosarčík:

Politický systém Irska

/Political system of Ireland/

Prague: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2007


The publication analyses the constitutional and political structures of the Republic of Ireland and the political development of Northern Ireland. It outlines the historical development of the Irish political system and the path towards an independent state. Further, it analyses the basic institutions of the Republic of Ireland and foreign relations of the Irish state. The part dedicated to Northern Ireland describes the specifics of the constitutional and political system of Northern Ireland, the key aspects of the Northern Irish conflict, and the constitutional reform based on the Belfast Agreement.








Our selected publications

Selected publications of the faculty

The faculty of the Department of West European Studies have contributed to a number of publications on the European Union and its member states in recent years. We list selected publications only, all publications by the faculty can be found on the Faculty of Social Sciences website.


Kryštof Kozák, Tomáš Weiss, Helena Schulzová et al.:

Dopady krize v euroatlantickém prostoru /Impact of the crisis in the euroatlantic area/

Praha: Dokořán, 2012


The book, a joint venture by the Departments of West European and American Studies, analyses the imapact of the financial crisis in the United States and in Europe. The individual case studies deal with the topic at the level of international and national policies as well as various policy areas. The authors ask to what extent the crisis has been used as an opportunity for structural reform by states and international organisations and to what extent the crisis just deepened existing problems.



Finn Laursen (ed.):

The Making of the EU's Lisbon Treaty. The Role of Member States

Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2012


The European Union (EU) has gone through a number of treaty reforms since the establishment of the European Communities in the 1950s and the creation of the European Union by the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. The latest such reform is the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force in 2009.

In this book, a number of scholars explore the process of producing the Lisbon Treaty. The focus is on the role of member states, arguably the 'masters of the treaty.' Intergovernmental conferences have become the main setting for treaty reforms since the Single European Act (SEA) in the mid-1980s. This makes national preferences and inter-state bargaining important when new treaties are negotiated.

The Lisbon Treaty delineates a number of institutional changes. In the end the product has to be evaluated against the standards established at the outset. Will the treaty improve the efficiency, democratic legitimacy as well as the coherence of the Union's external action, as the member states claimed it would? While the final text of the treaty leaves the EU with some new institutional possibilities, it also has its limitations, especially in the area of foreign and security policy.

Lenka Rovná and Zuzana Kasáková contributed to this book with a chapter "The Czech Republic, an Uncomprehending and Difficult Partner?".


Mathias Jopp, Lenka Rovná, Gesa-Stefanie Brinckner (eds):

Leitbilder for the Future of the European Union. Dissenting Promoters of Unity

Baden Baden: Nomos, 2011


European integration has undergone a number of tests at the beginning of the 21st century, such as the treaty reform, financial framework negotiations, or eurozone enlargement. How has this development been reflected in the member states? How do actors in seven selected EU countries react to these changes and the increasing heterogeneity of the European Union? How have they formulated their ideas about the future development of the EU? The book tries to answer all these question using the so-called Leitbilder, which are expressions containing conceptions of EU development. Several members of the faculty have contributed to the book: Lenka Rovná has been a co-editor and penned the introduction, the case study on the Czech Republic was written by Ivo Šlosarčík, Zuzana Kasáková, Jan Váška, and Tomáš Weiss.


Ivo Šlosarčík:

Politický a právní rámec evropské integrace

/Political and legal framework of European integration/

Prague: Wolters Kluwer, 2010


The third and updated edition of the book introduces the political and legal framework of the European integration process, selected EU policies, and EU external action after the Lisbon Treaty. The book is targeted at students of European Studies and general public seeking information on the European integration.


Juliet Lodge et al.:

The 2009 Elections to the European Parliament

Basingstokes and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010


The book provides an analysis of the 2009 European Parliament elections in all 27 member states of the newly enlarged European Union. It also looks at the implications of the low turnout for the future of EU democracy and accountability. Lenka Rovná contributed to the book with chapters on the Czech Republic and on Slovakia.


Petr König et al.:

Rozpočet a politiky Evropské unie. Příležitost pro změnu

/Budget and policies of the European Union. Opportunity for a change

Prague: C.H.Beck, 2009


The authors aim at introducing the character and structure of the EU's budget and its impact on EU policies. Two department members have contributed to the book: Tereza Svačinová authored the chapter on preservation and management of natural resources (covering the Common Agricultural Policy above all) and Ivo Šlosarčík the chapter on EU administration.


David Král, Věra Řiháčková, Tomáš Weiss:

Views on American Foreign Policy. The Atlanticism of Political Parties in Central and Eastern Europe

Prague: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, 2008


The book analyses foreign policy priorities of Central and Eastern Europe's political parties in relation to the United States of America. It searches for similarities between CEE and West European distribution along the political spectrum.


Lenka Rovná, Zuzana Kasáková, Jan Váška (eds):

Evropská unie v členských státech a členské státy v Evropské unii

/European Union in the member states and the member states in the European Union/

Prague: Eurolex Bohemia and VIP Books, 2007


The book analyses the process of europeanization of the political and administrative systems of selected EU member states.


Ivo Šlosarčík:

Politický systém Irska

/Political system of Ireland/

Prague: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2007


The publication analyses the constitutional and political structures of the Republic of Ireland and the political development of Northern Ireland. It outlines the historical development of the Irish political system and the path towards an independent state. Further, it analyses the basic institutions of the Republic of Ireland and foreign relations of the Irish state. The part dedicated to Northern Ireland describes the specifics of the constitutional and political system of Northern Ireland, the key aspects of the Northern Irish conflict, and the constitutional reform based on the Belfast Agreement.