>Bit of culture, bit of politics…

>US academic Andrew Roberts, Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Western University in Chicago (not be confused with the right-wing British historian of the same name) not only writes some very decent political science analyses of democracy and policy reform in CEE, but has also written an excellent book on Czech popular culture, in fact, a usable and entertaining guide to all peculiarities of Czech life from pub menus and nursery rhymes to political terminology. Similar material by Roberts can be found in a couple of (infrequently updated) blogs, one a spin off from the book, one a feature on Seldom Asked Questions about the Czech Republic.

Most hard pressed British social scientists, alas, tend to be too buried by administration and teaching or caught too tightly in the jaws of the Research Assessment Exercise categorizations to show such breadth…


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