An Essay on Presidents at the Castle of the Czech Kings. Two Issues: Passivity beneath the Castle and Leadership at the Castle Cover Image
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Úvaha o prezidentech na hradě českých králů. Dvě dispozice: k pasivitě v podhradí a k vůdcovství na Hradě
An Essay on Presidents at the Castle of the Czech Kings. Two Issues: Passivity beneath the Castle and Leadership at the Castle

Author(s): Petr Pithart
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Česká společnost pro politické vědy
Keywords: president; Czech Republic; liberalism

Summary/Abstract: The author tackles several topics regarding the phenomenon of Czech presidents. The Czech political system has a long-lasting tradition of strong presidents, since the first Czechoslovak president T. G. Masaryk. This office has always had a certain "informal prerogative" – some acts otherwise regarded as excessive use of power have been tolerated. The author then describes a characteristic aura around the Prague Castle, which has always been the natural center of the Czech (Czechoslovak) state, while no other place could be regarded as such. At the end of the essay he analyses the shortage of "authentic liberalism" in the Czech political system, which is induced by historical circumstances.

  • Issue Year: 20/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-18
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Czech