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Michael Smith


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CHID Program Program Co-Director
Lecturer, Political Science
Senior Researcher - CERGE-EI Prague


Ph.D. in Political Science, 2007
The New School for Social Research in New York

M.A. in Philosophy, 1999
Boston College

B.A. in Philosophy; second B.A. in CHID and Comparative Religion, 1998
University of Washington in Seattle



Prima demokracie v praxi: politika mistnich referend v Ceske Republice [Direct Democracy in Practice: The Politics of Local Referendums in the Czech Republic] (Prague: SoU, 2007).

Research Articles:

“Making Direct Democracy Work: Czech Local Referendums in Regional Comparison” in Pacal Delwit, Jean-Benoit Pilet, Herwig Reynaert, Kristof Steyvers (eds.), Towards DIY-Politics? Participatory and Direct Democracy at the Local Level in Europe. Brugge: Vanden Broele (2007)

(co-author with Petr Mateju, Petr Soukup, and Josef Basl) "The Determination of College Expectations in OECD Countries: The Role of Individual and Structural Factors" Sociologický casopis/Czech Sociological Review 6/2007, pp. 1121-1148

The RC28 Spring Meeting in Brno, 24–27 May 2007 (informational conference report), Sociologický casopis/Czech Sociological Review 6/2007, pp. 1222-1226
(co-author with Petr Mateju)

“The Perceived Value of Education and Educational Aspirations in the Czech Republic: Changes in the Determination of Educational Aspirations between 1989 and 2003” submitted July 2007 for publication in the Comparative Education Review

Corruption in the Czech Republic: Politicians and Managers’ Perceptions (with Donath-Burson-Marsteller, Factum Invenio, and The Fleet Sheet). The research report is available online http://www.dbm.cz/pfile/1Corruption_report_en.pdf. (2007)

(co-author with Petr Mateju, Petr Soukup, and Josef Basl) “Educational Aspirations in Comparative Perspective: The Role of Individual, Contextual and Structural Factors in the Formation of Educational Aspirations in OECD Countries” submitted November 2006 to the Sociology of Education

“Cesty k efektivní prímé demokracii: ceská místní referenda v regionálním srovnání,” Politologický casopis 2006 No. 4 (Winter 2006).

“Unequal Chances in Education: Educational Inequalities in the Czech Republic,” Czech Sociological Review 2006 No. 3 (Summer 2006).

"From Radicalism to Expertise: The Changing Face of Czech Environmentalism" Transitions Online, January 2005

"Factors of Change: Access to Information in Matters of Environmental Justice," Environmental Justice Local Government Brief (LGI-OSI, Budapest; Summer 2004)

Critical Essays and Polemics:

“Greens Take Root,” (on the rising popularity of the Czech Green Party) Transitions Online, May 22, 2006

“To Each According to His Birth,” (on inequalities in Czech education) Transitions Online, April 28, 2006

“Hranice, spravedlnost a životní prostredí: Vývoz odpadu za hranice jakožto problém environmentální spravedlnosti”, Socioweb 4, 2006 (www.socioweb.cz)

“The Changing Face of Czech Environmentalism,” Transitions Online, March 16, 2005

“Americky expert zjistoval: Kdo v referendu volil a proc” Rovnost (Brno, Czech Republic) October 18, 2004, page 4

“Slysili nas?” Respekt (Prague, Czech Republic) October 18, 2004

Conference Papers:

“What Determines Citizens’ Corruption Perceptions? Evidence from 15 Countries in the 2006 ISSP Role of Government Survey” presented at the 4th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Pisa, Italy, September 7-9, 2007.

(co-presenter with Petr Mateju) “The Perceived Value of Education and Educational Aspirations in the Czech Republic: Changes in the Determination of Educational Aspirations between 1989 and 2003” presented at the Spring Meeting of RC28 (Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility of the International Sociological Association), Brno, Czech Republic, May 24-27, 2007.

“Social Status, Inequality, and the Perception of Corruption in the Czech Republic,” presented as a seminar of the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, April 3, 2007.

“Is Direct Democracy Good for the Environment? A Re-examination of the Link from the Perspective of Central and Eastern Europe,” presented at the Symposium “When Voters Make Laws: How Direct Democracy is Reshaping American Cities,” University of Southern California April 6-7, 2007

“Making Direct Democracy Work: Czech Local Referendums in Regional Comparison,” presented at the 2nd Congress on Local Politics in Europe, Brussels, May 2006.

“Public Participation in Regional Development Decision-Making: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Participation in EIAs in the Czech Republic” presented at the ECPR Conference, Budapest Hungary, September 2005

“Environmental Governance through Direct Democracy: The Local Referendum Movement in Tábor, Czech Republic,” presented at the ECPR Conference, Marburg, Germany, September 2003

“Referendums and the Politics of Identity: The Impact of Direct Democracy on Minority Politics in California, Mexico and Canada,” paper presented at the Janey Conference on “Political Institutions and the Politics of Difference,” New School University, April 2003

Fellowships, Grants and Awards:

* Nadace VIA (VIA Foundation) and CEE Trust Grant for Research on Local Referendums in Central and Eastern Europe, 2005-2006
* NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship, 2004-2005
* IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunity Fellowship, 2003-2004
* Sawyer Dissertation Fellowship, Mellon Foundation, 2002-2003
* Short-Term Grant, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, East European Studies, Washington DC, 2002
* Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Dept. of Education (4 year fellowship), 1998-2002
* University of Washington Undergraduate Scholar Award1994 and 1995

University Teaching Experience:

CHID Study Abroad Program in Prague
University of Washington, Seattle

Political Science, Environmental Politics and Political Philosophy
Anglo-American College, Prague

Economic History, European Union
Sarah Lawrence College, New York

Teaching Assistant
Department of History
New York University

Modern Political Theory
Eugene Lang College, New School University in New York
Fall 2001