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Vocal Minorities and Silent Majorities

Research into politics is devoted to understanding the life of the state and the ways it intersects with lives of individuals. Politics is the art of power, and political science delves into questions how powerful relationships are being formed and sustained, what motives drive political attitudes and political forces, why certain political ideas flourish and certain do not. Political narrative of Lithuania is a perfect set of processes and experiences that provides food for contemplation of politics in the East of Europe. It is the state that has witnessed extremes of democracy and totalitarianism. The state that has once been a part of the noble republic of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczpospolita) and had recognized liberum veto - the legal right of each member of the Sejm (legislature) to defeat by his vote alone any measure under consideration, the right that finally has led to the decay and destruction of the republic and ironically had been abolished by the first constitution in Europe passed on May 3, 1791. It is a state that has suffered both Nazi and Soviet totalitarian regimes. It is also the nation that has started the collapse of the Soviet Empire with its singing non-violent revolution, taking more than one-third of the whole population up to the streets and squares to march for independence and democracy. One can still feel the wind of change and freedom stirring the streets of Vilnius. However democracy is democracy is still a work in progress. The country where newly formed populist parties take significant part of the seats in every elections, the only European country that has witnessed impeachment of a president, the country where sociological surveys show that up to 70 percent of population distrust the parliament, the Government, and political parties, however more than 50 percent trust political personalities leading the same distrusted political parties and institutions.

States do not exist alone. They do interact. The changing nature of the international political landscape that lead to wars in many different places of the world and violent conflicts in the proximity of the European Union place studies in international relations on the top of academic disciplines. Although the times that Lithuania had been a significant regional player have long been passed, Lithuania is still one of the most active EU Member States what concerns the Eastern European issues, be it Ukrainian Orange revolution, occupation of Crimea or invasion of Georgia. One of the strengths allowing a small country to be visible and do well in the international arena is the political experience the country has gathered through its troubled pasts and which has strengthened the nation’s belief in peace and collaboration in the international arena.




Minorities and Discrimination

Collaborative and Networked Government

Digital Government

Agile Policy Making

Extremist Ideologies

Political Violence and Terrorism

Religion, Politics, and Public Discourse


Perceptions of Inequalities

Equity and Justice

Equality of Capabilities

Immigration and internal Mobility

Democracy and Social Justice

Economic Inequality and Political Polarization

Social Networks and Political Participation

Governance and Citizenship

Civic Engagement of Youth

Regionalism and Globalization

Intergenerational Equity

Social Unrest

Common Foreign and Security Policy

Free Trade and Human Rights

Normative Power Europe 

European Agenda on Security

Root Causes of Migration

European Neighbourhood Policy

Eastern Partnership

Inter-institutional Relations in the European Union

Authoritarian Persistence

Identity Politics

Penal Policy

Corporate Mobile Applications

International Politics of East Central Europe


Family Policy

The Right to Participate in the Governance of the State

European Public Order

Constitutional Separation of Powers

Policy Consultations with Civil Society

Political Equality Rights

Liberalism - Communitarianism Dispute

Public InterestTrust in Political and Legal Institutions

Legislature of the European Union 

Orient Studies

Participatory Policy

Public Policy Modelling

Legislative Process 

Rule of Law in Central Asia Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union Democratic Deficit

Racism and Xenophobia