Lenka Dražanová

Research Associate
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  • Lenka Dražanová is a Research Associate to the Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (OPAM) project. Lenka received her PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in political science from the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2016. She holds additional degrees in political science from Central European University (Hungary) and Charles University (Czech Republic). She was also awarded a Humboldt Postdoc Scholarship at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin under the German Excellence Initiative. Lenka´s primary research agenda has two specific areas that revolve around the question whether we can really identify a current shift towards less tolerant, populist and nationalist societies and politics (especially in Europe), and if so, how we can explain the underlying causes. Firstly, she examines the development of populism, nationalism and xenophobia and the challenges they provide to (liberal) democracy. Secondly, she focuses on comparative political behaviour and political/social attitudes and their interdependence with policy, institutions, political actors and cultures. Her recent book “Education and Tolerance” analyzes quantitatively cross-national variations in the effect of education on social and political tolerance based on a large-scale survey. It argues that education contributes to more tolerant views only in countries with certain political, socio-economic and cultural background and identifies individual-level and country-level factors that may influence the relationship between education and tolerance.

    Research topics: public opinion and attitudes, attitudes formation, comparative political behaviour and quantitative methods
    Geographic areas: Europe, Central and Eastern Europe
    ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-8699-1914

    Books
  • Dražanová, Lenka (2017). "Education and Tolerance: A Comparative Quantitative Analysis of the Educational Effect on Tolerance". Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang D.

  • Refereed journal articles
  • Dražanová, Lenka (2015). “National Identity and the Interplay between National Pride and Ethnic Exclusionism: The Exceptional Case of the Czech Republic”. Ethnopolitics 14 (3): 235 – 255.

  • Book chapters
  • Dražanová, Lenka (2013). “Structural Equation Modelling: The Interplay between National Pride and Ethnic Exclusionism in the Czech Republic”. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

  • Research and policy reports
  • Dražanová, Lenka (2008). Populismus a nacionalismus v zemích Visegrádské skupiny po roce 1990 (Populism and Nationalism in the Visegrad Group Countries After 1990). Parliament of the Czech Republic, Study n. 1.192.
  • Dražanová, Lenka (2008). Většinový volební systém v parlamentních volbách v různých státech (Majoritarian Electoral Systems for Parliamentary Elections in Different Countries). Parliament of the Czech Republic, Study n. 1.026. (with Syllová, Jindřiška)

  • Blog posts
  • Dražanová, Lenka (2018). Immigration and the Czech presidential election. LSE Blogs.