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Centre of Excellence for Research on Citizenship and Civic Participation: Facing the Challenges of 21st Century (COPART)

Supported by: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)

Time Span:
2007 - 2010

Main Institute:
Department of Social and Biological Communication SAS (KVSBK SAV), Chief of the Centre of Excellence: Prof. PhDr. Jana Plichtová, PhD (KVSBK SAV)

Cooperating institutions:
Institute of Sociology SAS, Institute of Philosophy SAS, Institute of Ethnology SAS, Faculty of Philosophy of the Comenius University in Bratislava, Institute for Public Affairs, Partners for Democratic Change – PDCS, Citizen and Democracy.

IVO Project Team:
Martin Bútora, Zora Bútorová, Oľga Gyárfášová.

The goal of the Centre of Excellence is to integrate existing capacities and create optimal conditions for cooperation between top specialists in the field of civil participation.

This will include:

1. Complex and integrated research on citizenship and participation that will provide basic information about the situation, level and form of citizenship and civil participation in Slovakia in the context of European integration.

2. Association of theoretical, research and practical institutions, which will allow for a direct testing of the theoretical assumptions, in actual intervention, educational programmes and programmes for stimulation of civil participation.

3. The Centre of Excellence COPART will also participate in the preparation of young scientists and researchers, mostly by guiding doctorands in various scientific disciplines (psychology, sociology, philosophy, political science) and organizing a summer school.   

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Socio-economic aspect of migration, aspect of integration of migrants and refugees and domestic political aspect of migration in V4.

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Phantom Menace. The Politics and Policies of Migration in Central Europe
25 Years of the V4<br/>as Seen by the Public

The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict. Publication of four European think tanks and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

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Historical, political and ideological aspects of the right-wing extremism in central Europe.

Book on new political parties in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Extremism vs. Democracy in Central Europe: Issues, Experiences, Challenges
Alternative Politics? The Rise of New Political Parties in Central Europe

Collection of analytical studies from experts from Great Britain, France, Norway, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Confronting the dark sides of the past and considering the participation of Christians in public life.

Conspiracy Theories in Europe
Tiso's Ghost in 2016 Slovakia
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