Call for Papers for the Special Issue "The 2023 general election in Slovakia in Times of Polycrisis: Political Communication, Results, Consequences" (2/2024)


Following four turbulent years marked by polycrises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and challenges in the energy market and macro-economy, Slovakia is set to hold a snap election in September 2023. A series of coalition quarrels has resulted in a political crisis and the eventual fall of Matovič’s cabinet, followed by a period of technocratic government. Against the backdrop of a steady rise in illiberal forces, the upcoming Slovak election holds critical implications for the future of Slovak democracy, which has been weakened by the presence of these polycrises. The 2023 Slovakian elections carry substantial significance, not only within Slovakia's domestic landscape but also from a geopolitical standpoint, exerting considerable influence on the cohesion of EU and NATO member countries. Recent polls have indicated the vulnerability of Slovakian society to misinformation campaigns and a proclivity towards pro-Russian sentiments, setting it apart from neighboring countries such as the Czech Republic and Poland. This special issue aims to address key questions by presenting a collection of empirical papers centered around the following topics:


  • implications of the election for the Slovak party system;
  • the role of populism and anti-establishment politics in the election;
  • media coverage of the election;
  • voting patterns/electoral behavior including the role of the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, and macro-economic difficulties;
  • consequences of the election for the Slovak society (norms, values, polarization)
  • the performance of new political parties;
  • the content of the electoral campaign with particular focus of the crises including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • personalization and candidate selection;
  • political and geopolitical consequences of the election.


The special issue will comprise 4-8 articles that will undergo a regular double-blind peer-review process at the Czech Political Science Journal. We encourage empirical analyses of various aspects of the 2023 general election in Slovakia, including comparative perspectives across Central Europe and beyond.

Essays discussing broader implications of the election are also welcome, as well as book reviews on contemporary Slovak politics or politics in Central Europe. Our goal is to deliver a timely set of articles exploring topics related to the 2023 Slovak general election, employing rigorous research methods that test, challenge, or propose adjustments to theoretical frameworks in the social sciences.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (250–300 words) is 20th September 2023, 23:59 CEST. Abstracts should be directly submitted to the guest editor, Vlastimil Havlík, at If you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Vlastimil Havlík.


Expected timeline:

  • 20th September 2023: Deadline for abstract submissions
  • 30th September 2023. The 2023 Slovak general elections
  • 5th October 2023: Authors are informed about decisions
  • 30th November 2023: First drafts of manuscripts are delivered to editors
  • 15th December 2023: Editors deliver their comments and suggestions to authors
  • 31st January 2024: Authors submit their manuscript for peer-review
  • June 2024: Special issue is published as 2/2024