Martin Potůček

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Actual Projects

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  1. Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law (2018+)
    Coordinator of Charles University participation: Paul Blokker
    Horizon 2020 – Grant 770 142 – RECONNECT (2018-2022)

    RECONNECT starts from the observation that the European Union (EU) and the Member States are confronted with an existential crisis of the entire European project. As a result of several successive crises an increasingly large share of the population perceives the EU as an undemocratic and unjust political system. Overall trust in institutions at both Union and Member State levels is waning, while ever louder calls for a repatriation of powers to the national level are shaking the EU to its core. Against this background, our underlying assumption is that the deeply diverse and pluralistic Union of today needs to be more firmly rooted in justice and solidarity in order to be sustainable. With a unique multidisciplinary consortium of researchers, we analyse the existential challenges to the EU’s authority and legitimacy, through a comprehensive examination of principles, practices, and perceptions of democracy and the rule of law in the EU. Our end-user approach enables us to point to how democratic and rule of law principles and practices of institutions resonate with the actual aspirations, perceptions and preferences of citizens. Our ultimate objective is to contribute to a new comprehensive narrative for Europe that “reconnects” European governance with citizens. By means of an effective impact and dissemination strategy and through tailor-made policy recommendations and proposals for Treaty changes, RECONNECT will strengthen the EU’s normative foundations.
  2. Efficient Solution of Large Decision-Making Tasks in Public Administration (2018+)
    Project TL01000220 of the Technological Agency of the Czech Republic‘s Program Éta to support applied social research, experimenteal development and innovations
    Principal investigator: Martin Potůček
    Definition and recognition of the tasks of strategic and cross-sectional character and their projection into decision-making practice in public administration encounters institutional barriers as well as the lack of competence of the involved actors (experts, politicians, civil servants and interest association representatives). Based on the experience of members of the research team (e.g. in the Czech pension reform’s preparation) and the applied research on real processes of communication and decision-making in the selected areas of public administration and public services, a set of relation-based and processual innovations will be proposed and tested which will lead to the more effective solution of these tasks.
  3. Securing for old age in the interaction of government and citizens (2018+)

    The project TL01000491 is implemented within the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic’s ETA Programme supporting research, experimental development and innovation of applied social sciences and humanities.

    Principal Investigator: Pavol Frič

    The project aims to create a knowledge base for establishing an appropriate communication strategy of state administration in the field of security in old age targeting a variety of segments of the population and to contribute to the creation of a national action plan for positive aging. Specific application outputs will include 1. “Guide to the strategies of security in old age" for the staff in public administration; and 2. “Manual for security in old age for the citizens" presented in the form of an interactive application on the websites of the application guarantors, who will be able to use such outputs to reflect the needs of citizens in the field of security in old age. Furthermore, through an awareness digital campaign they will explain their intentions to the media as well as citizens more clearly and in a better way. Citizens will gain a better insight into the possibilities to optimize their strategies of security in old age.

  4. Společenské vědy: od víceoborovosti k mezioborovosti (Progres Q18) 2017+
    (Social Sciences: from multi-discipline to inter-discipline approach (Progres Q18) 2017+)

    CESES participates in the part of the Charles University programme Progres that is implemented by the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Progres Q18 is focused on enhancing collaboration in the social science research within the whole university. The social science disciplines are developed in terms of an inter-discipline research of various concrete themes in which researchers and their teams are interested and which are high relevant from the scientific as well as social points of view.

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