Martin Potůček

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Martin Potůček
Head of the Center for Social and Economic Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague
Personal details
Born (1948-09-02) September 2, 1948 (age 69)
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Alma mater

Masaryk University

Univerzita Karlova

Martin Potůček, PhD. is Czech university professor, public policy analyst, journalist.

In the past, he studied the teleonomic qualities of differentiated social actors, processes of cultivating and utilising human potential, and factors influencing health and health policy. At present, his research concentrates on the processes of public policy formulation and implementation in the Czech Republic (and particularly the regulatory functions of the market, the government, and the civic sector), on the problems of public administration reform, on European integration processes, and on the development of visions and strategies for the Czech state. As an author/co-author and editor/co-editor, he published 23 scientific books and three textbooks (in four cases as their single author), ca 70 articles in scientific journals, and more than 90 research papers and policy project reports until the end of 2009.

Since 2013, Martin Potucek is Head of Pension Reform committee. The committee is extremely controversial and not taken with respect from the society after admittedly failing with the decision to cancel the 2 Saving Pillar (volunteer overpay to private entities using part of the income tax insurance). That decision will reduce the pension savings to large number of tax payers and enforce them to poor life at the expense of other society members that contributed less to the system. On top of that Potucek as director make an organizational plan for the committee consist of 70 members. The idea to collect representatives form all political parties and institutions led to a complete stall of the organization, as no decision can be taken on time.

Controversy: Martin Potucek was accused that his pay for the Pension Reform Committee is 100,000 CZK per month (an equivalent of EUR 4000 as per 2013 rates). This was taken as an abuse by nearly all political parties, media and worker organizations. meanwhile, in Czech Republic, the maximum pension is 17,000 CZK per month. Having that fact, Potucek was numerous times accused in hypocrisy and being a "fake socialist - millionaire". Among with the pay in Pension Committee, he has full-time role in the Charles University, where he his incomes are exceeding 1Mn CZK per year. His age of 66 makes him above the retirement age and technically he should live on the maximum of 17,000CZK per month. His opponents often state that mr. Potucek is taking 10 times more pension per month than the maximum allowed, working on 2 positions and refusing to explain how he is managing them both.


He studied philosophy, mathematics, political science, and sociology at the Masaryk University in Brno. He worked as a researcher at the Department of Complex Modelling, Sportpropag, and later in the Institute of Social Medicine and Organisation of Health Services in Prague, until 1989. He received his Ph.D. degree in Management Theory in 1989 from the University of Economics, Prague. Than he studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science (receiving a M.Sc. in European Social Policy, 1991) and took part in numerous professional fellowship and exchange programs, including Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships in the U.S. (1992), at the Oxford University (1993–1994), at the University of Konstanz (1997–2000), at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna (1998) and at the CEU in Budapest (1998–2000).

In 1990 he joined the newly established Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague. He habilitated there in 1992 as Associate Professor of Sociology. In 1999, he became Full Professor of Public and Social Policy at the new study program he had co-founded. He served as the Director of the Institute of Sociological Studies at the same Faculty (1994–2003). He established and runs the Center for Social and Economic Strategies there (2000–present)[1].

He is a member of several scientific and editorial boards. He was elected Chairman of the Masaryk Czech Sociological Association in 1995 (Vice-Chairman, 1994 and 1996) and member of the Steering Committee of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee) in 1997. In 2000-2002, he acted as the elected President of this international nonprofit association. He served as the First Vice-Chairman of the Research and Development Council of the Government of the Czech Republic (1999–2004). He acted as Permanent Guest Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany (2002–2008). He served as an advisor to Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs (1998–2006) and to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (2002–2004). He has been awarded the Sri Chinmoy International Honour "Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart"[2] (2003) and the NISPAcee Alena Brunovska Award [3] (2004) for teaching excellence in public administration. Since 2008 and from 2004 to 2005 he was a member of Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities, Research and Development Council of the Czech Government [4].

Potůček ran for Czech president in 2003.[1] He sought Social democratic nomination but he came 4th in presidential primaries ad wasn't nominated.[2]


  1. ^ a.s., Economia, (16 October 2002). "Do referenda ČSSD jde nakonec pět kandidátů, mezi nimi i teolog Trojan". Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Prezidentské referendum ČSSD". (in Czech). Retrieved 12 March 2017.



  • Potůček, M.: Nejen trh. Role trhu, státu a občanského sektoru v proměnách české společnosti. Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství 1997. 188 s. ISBN 80-85850-26-5
  • Potůček, M.: Analýza vývoje, neuralgických bodů a rozvojových příležitostí české sociální politiky po roce 1989. Studie. Praha, Nadání Josefa Hlávky 1998, 226 s.
  • Potůček, M.: Křižovatky české sociální reformy. Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství 1999. 320 s. ISBN 80-85850-70-2
  • Potůček, M.: Not Only the Market. Budapest, CEU Press 1999. 146 p. ISBN 963-9116-51-3
  • Potůček, M. a kol: Vize rozvoje České republiky do roku 2015. (Vision of the development of the Czech Republic till 2015.) Praha, Gutenberg 2001. 245 s. ISBN 80-86349-02-0
  • Potůček, M. a kol: Průvodce krajinou priorit pro Českou republiku. Praha, Gutenberg 2002.
  • Potůček, M. a kol: Putování českou budoucností. Praha, Gutenberg 2003.
  • Potůček, M. a kol: Zpráva o lidském rozvoji. Česká republika 2003. Praha, MJF 2003. (In English: Human Development Report. Where do we come from, what are we, and where we are going? Prague, MJF 2003.)
  • Potůček, M. et al.: Millennium Development Goals. Reducing Poverty and Social Exclusion. Czech Republic. Bratislava, UNDP and CESES 2004. Česky: Rozvojové cíle tisícíletí. Cesta ke snižování chudoby a sociálního vyloučení. Bratislava, UNDP a CESES 2004.
  • Potůček, M. a kol.: Strategické vládnutí a Česká republika. Praha, Grada 2007.
  • Potůček, M. et al. Strategic governance and the Czech Republic. 1. vyd. Praha : Karolinum Press, 2009. 196 s. ISBN 978-80-246-1681-0.

Important articles
See Martin Potůček´s webpage.


  • Potůček, M.: Sociální politika. Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství 1995. 142 s.
  • Potůček, M.: Trh, demokracie a sociální politika, Demokracie a ústavnost. Editor Kunc, J., Praha, Karolinum Press 1996, s. 207-219. (2. vydání, Praha, Karolinum 1999, s. 245-258.)
  • Potůček, M. - LeLoup, L. - Jenei G. - Váradi L.: Public Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: Theories, Methods, Practices. Bratislava. NISPAcee 2003.
  • Potůček, M. a kol.: Veřejná politika, Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství 2005. 396 s. Reedice 2010.

Edited books

  • Potůček, M. - Radičová, I. (eds.): Sociální politika v Čechách a na Slovensku po roce 1989. Praha, Karolinum Press 1998. ISBN 80-7184-622-8.
  • Potůček, M. (ed.): Česká společnost na konci tisíciletí I, II. Sborník z mezinárodní konference k 650. výročí založení Univerzity Karlovy. Praha, Karolinum 1999. ISBN 80-7184-825-5
  • Potůček, M. (ed.) The Capacity to Govern in Central and Eastern Europe. Bratislava, NISPAcee 2004, ISBN 80-89013-17-1.
  • Potůček, M. (ed.): Manuál prognostických metod. Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství 2005.
  • Potůček, M. - Scheffler, R. (eds.) Mental health care reform in the Czech and Slovak Republics, 1989 to the present. 1. vyd. Prague: Karolinum Press, 2008. 258 s. ISBN 978-80-246-1466-3.
  • Potůček, M. - Musil, J. - Mašková, M. (eds.) Strategické volby pro Českou republiku : teoretická východiska. 1. vyd. Praha : Sociologické nakladatelství, 2008. 375 s. ISBN 978-80-86429-86-1.
  • Potůček, M.(ed.) Capacities of governance in the Czech Republic. 1. vyd. Praha : Matfyzpress, 2008. 198 s. ISBN 978-80-7378-038-8.
  • Potůček, M. - Mašková, M. (eds.) Česká republika - trendy, ohrožení, příležitosti. 1. vyd. Praha: Karolinum Press, 2009. 364 s. ISBN 978-80-246-1655-1.

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