A. Zaremba “Party patronage in Lithuania” doctoral thesis defence

Thesis Defense

Author, Institution: Aurimas Zaremba, Kaunas University of Technology

Science area, field of science: Social Sciences, Sociology, 05S

Scientific Advisor: Prof. Dr. Algis Krupavičius (Kaunas University of Technology and Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Sociology, 05S).

Dissertation Defence Board of the Sociology Science Field:
Prof. Dr. Habil. Arvydas Matulionis (Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Social Sciences, Sociology, 05S) – Chairman;
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Liutauras Gudžinskas (Vilnius University, Social Sciences, Sociology, 05S);
Dr. Aida Just (Bilkent University, Turkey, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, 02S);
Prof. Dr. Vylius Leonavičius (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Sociology, 05S);
Prof. Dr. Saulius Pivoras (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, 02S).

The doctoral dissertation is available at the libraries of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio St. 20, Kaunas), Lithuanian Social Research Centre (A. Goštauto St. 11, Vilnius) and Vytautas Magnus University (K. Donelaičio St. 58, Kaunas).


The doctoral dissertation examines party patronage in Lithuania. When analyzing the assumptions of the partypatronage, the documents of the a organizations of public sector are analyzed, political parties and the party system in Lithuania are discussed. Empirical research is based on semi-structured interviews with experts from different public policy areas. Empirical research has revealed that the party patronage practices in Lithuania have three main characteristics: the primary objective of the application of party patronage is the control of the public sector institutions, the range of party patronage is larger than debth, which means that political parties seek to appoint persons to many institutions, but essentially – only in the most important positions, in addition, the Lithuanian public sector is characterized by significant differences in the level of party patronage between different public policy areas.

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September 27 d. 10:00

Dissertation Defence Hall at Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio g. 73, room 403, Kaunas)

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