Jana Vargovčíková: Research & CV

PhD Research at CEFRES

Modes of Legitimating Lobbying in Central Europe and their Ambivalences

Research Area 2: Norms & Transgressions.

SONY DSCAgainst the background of an increasing engagement of public actors in public decision-making through a number of venues such as multi-stakeholder fora or expert groups, this research aims at grasping how such de facto involvement of private actors in the creation of norms translates into changes on a symbolic level in the status of private and public actors. The project explores these transformations on the case of lobbying, that is a set of practices of influence rather traditional in comparison to some of the new modes of influence engaged by private actors. Through the cases of Poland and the Czech Republic, this research seeks to understand how actors of a practice perceived by public opinions as transgressive and lacking legitimacy, endeavour to claim a status and political legitimacy in the public decision-making. Indeed, the processes of professionalization and institutionalization of lobbying can be observed in many countries over the past decade. In the present project, these processes are studied as loci of negotiation of involved actors’ roles and obligations, as well as of the legitimacy of their practices.



2011— Doctoral studies in Political science, cotutelle between Charles University in Prague under the supervision of Pr. Milan Znoj, and Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University under the supervision of Pr. Georges Mink.

2004-2010 : Master in Political science and French philology  (Double Program), Charles University in Prague.

Scientific Experience

January 2012 – January 2013 : Teaching assistant at the College of Europe (Natolin Campus, Warsaw), European Interdisciplinary Studies Department.

January 2011 – December 2011 : Young Researcher, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, the Center of Global Studies (centre of excellence).


  • Political sociology (mandatory course, BA level
  • Private Actors in Politics (optional course, MA level)
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis (optional course, BA level).


English, French, Czech, Slovak, Polish, German.


Chapters in Books
  • “Deliberativní demokracie: rozpravou za hranice liberální demokracie?”, in M. Znoj et al., Demokracie v postliberální konstelaci, Prague, Karolinum, 2014.
  • “Professional Lobbyists as Representative Claim-Makers”, Human Affairs 25, n° 2, 2015, p. 142-152.
  • “Politická participace jako nezaujatá angažovanost v díle Hannah Arendtové”, Reflexe 44, n° 1, 2013.
  • “Le Groupe de Visegrad, 20 ans d‘une alliance à géométrie variable”, Politique étrangère, n° 1, 2012.
  • “Diskursivní pojetí lobbingu jako proměnná ve výběru jeho regulačních mechanismů”, Politologická revue, n° 2, 2011.