Czech Billionaires as Politicians

Andrew Roberts*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article analyzes the very rich Czechs who have stood for elected office. It identifies two ideal types—one motivated more by business interests and another more by duty and hobbyism. These motivations are related to the clarity of their ideology, prior interest in politics, and the kind of political career they pursue. More generally, the recent emergence of billionaires in Czech politics appears to be connected with the rise in corruption and public dissatisfaction with elites and has in turn encouraged populist tendencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-444
Number of pages11
JournalProblems of Post-Communism
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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