Political scientist, Rector Emeritus of Masaryk University and Minister of Education in 2012-2013.
He graduated in Czech language and History at the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University (1983-1988) and then worked as a historian at the museum in Kromeriz (1988-1989). In the 1980s he participated in independent civic activities and co-organized a student movement (a samizdat periodical Revue 88). After November of 1989 he shortly worked as an editor and then co-founded the Political Science Department. In 1996 he habilitated at the Charles University in Prague, in 2002 was appointed the first professor of political science in the Czech Republic. He founded and led a number of political science institutes, he was among others Head of the Department of Political Science (1993-2002), Department of International Relations and European Studies (2002-2004), Head of International Institute of Political Science (1996-2004, 2012), Head of Institute of Comparative Political Research (2005-2011) and Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University (2004). He had been the Rector of Masaryk University for two terms (2001-2011). In the years 2011-2012 he was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, from May 2012 to July 2013 he was the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports. Since 2013 he has been a Member of Parliament of the Czech Republic, since January 2014 the Chairman of the Civic Democratic Party.
In years 2005-2009 he was a Deputy Chairman and in years 2009-2011 the Chairman of Czech Rectors Conference, he was also among others a member of the Council of the European University Association (2009-2011). He was a member of Accreditation Commission of the Czech Republic (2002-2004), of the Council of Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (2007-2012); in years 2008-2014 he was a member and a Deputy Chairman of the council of government’s Research, Development and Innovation. He had a function in many research and academic councils of universities and research institutions in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. He has received a number of awards for his academic activities both at home and abroad.
In his academic research he specializes in comparative political science and European policy. He is the author/co-author of 14 monographs and more than 200 expert studies that have been published in a number of countries; he participated in many national and international research projects. Among his best-known publications belong Evropská unie (with M. Pitrová, 2003, 2009), Teorie politických stran (with M. Strmiska 1998, 2009), Katolicismus a politika (1996), Partie i systemy partyjne Europy Środkowej (with A. Antoszewski, R. Herbut and J. Sroka 2003), Die Verborgene Kirche (with J. Hanuš 2004), Laboratoř sekularizace (2007), Evropský mezičas (2007, 2010), Politika, jaká nemá být (2010) and Na konci bezstarostnosti (2015).
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