Magdalena Musiał-Karg

Magdalena Musiał-KargMagdalena Musiał-Karg – Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Specializes in fields connected with direct democracy and implementation of modern technologies into voting processes (e-voting). The author’s scholarly and research interests focus also on the issues connected with the political participation, role of women in politics and transborder cooperation on the borderline of Poland and Germany.

E-mail: magda.musial@interia.pl; magdalena.musial-karg@amu.edu.pl

Education, awarded diplomas, academic degrees

Magdalena Musiał-Karg has graduated from two faculties: political sciences and management and marketing. She completed her bachelor’s degree studies in political sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and in 2002 defended her BA dissertation entitled: “Referendum w systemie demokracji bezpośredniej Szwajcarii” (A referendum in Switzerland’s system of direct democracy) and written under the supervision of dr Tadeusz Wallas. In 2002 she took up post-bachelor master’s degree studies at the faculty of Master of European Political Studies/Political science, conducted at two universities: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and European University Viadrina in Frankfurt on the Oder. She completed her master’s degree studies with the defence of my MA dissertation entitled: “The role of referendum institution in the European integration process” written under the supervision of Prof. Timm Beichelt (EUV), and in June 2004 she was awarded a master’s diploma at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Concurrently with the political science, she was completing her master’s degree course in management and marketing at the University of Zielona Góra. She graduated in June 2003, defending her MA dissertation entitled: “Szanse i zagrożenia polskiego rolnictwa w stowarzyszeniu z Unią Europejską” (Opportunities and threats for the Polish agriculture in association with the European Union) written under the supervision of dr hab. inż. Magdalena Graczyk, professor at the University of Zielona Góra.

In October 2003 she started my doctoral studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań under a scholarship programme Europa Fellows II financed by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) in Germany. After completing the Europa Fellows programme, for the period from June 2006 to January 2007 she was granted a doctoral scholarship under the Osteuropa programme financed by Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer Dienst. I defended my doctoral dissertation entitled: “Referendum jako instytucja demokracji bezpośredniej w państwach europejskich” (A referendum as an institution of direct democracy in European countries), written under the supervision of prof. dr hab. Andrzej Stelmach, on 29 January 2007, and she was awarded doctor’s degree in humanistic sciences in the field of political science.

On February 10th, 2014 she was granted a habilitation degree for the scinetfic achievement: Determinants and consequences of using electronic voting in contemporary democracy

List of main publications (2007-2013)

 Book (in Polish)

  1. M. Musiał-Karg  (2008), [Referendum in the European states. Theory, Practice, Perspectives]Referendum w państwach europejskich. Teoria, praktyka, perspektywy,  Adam Marszałek Publisher, Toruń, p. 416.
  2. Jańczak J., Musiał-Karg M., Secler B., [Local elections in the Lubuskie, Pomerania and Wielkopolska Region. Historical boundaries, relationships center-periphery and voting behavior] Wybory samorządowe na Ziemi Lubuskiej, Pomorzu i w Wielkopolsce. Granice historyczne i relacje centra-peryferia a zachowania wyborcze, Adam Marszałek Publisher, Toruń 2013, s. 307.
  3. M. Musiał-Karg, 2012, [Electronic referendum in Switzerland. Selected directions of evolution of the Helvetian direct democracy] Elektroniczne referendum w Szwajcarii. Wybrane kierunki zmian helweckiej demokracji bezpośredniej, Publishing House of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, p. 261;

  Books edited and co-edited (in Polish)

  1. [Europe of the 21st Century. Perspectives and conditions for the European integration, ed. M. Musiał-Karg, Publishing House of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań 2007, p. 205.
  2. [Women in the Modern Europe. The Role of Women in political market, in politics ans in the social life] Kobiety we współczesnej Europie. Rola i miejsce kobiet na rynku pracy, w polityce i społeczeństwie,  ed. M. Musiał-Karg, Adam Marszałek Publisher, Toruń 2009, p. 275.
  3. [The European Union in 2008. Current Issues and Key Challenges] Unia Europejska w 2008 roku. Aktualne problemy i najważniejsze wyzwania, eds. M. Musiał-Karg, T. Wallas, Publishing House of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań 2009, p. 295.
  4. [Polish-German Borderland after 2004. A New Quality of the Neighborhood?] Pogranicze polsko-niemieckie po 2004 roku. Nowa jakość sąsiedztwa?, eds. J. Jańczak, M. Musiał-Karg, Adam Marszałek Publisher, Toruń 2009, p. 286.
  5. [Women in Modern World. The Role and position of women in then political life] Kobiety we współczesnym świecie. Rola i miejsce kobiet w życiu politycznym, eds. M. Musiał-Karg, B. Secler, Publishing House of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań 2010, p. 214.
  6. [The Polish-German Borderland vs. the European Borders and Border Areas] Pogranicze polsko-niemieckie na tle granic i pograniczy Europejskich, eds. J. Jańczak, M. Musiał-Karg, L. Wojnicz,  Publishing House of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań 2010, p. 197.
  7. [Internal and External Borders of the European Union. Between the Openess and Isolation] Granice wewnętrzne i zewnętrzne Unii Europejskiej. Pomiędzy otwartością a izolacją, red. J. Jańczak, M. Musiał-Karg, Publishing House of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań 2011, p. 234.
  8. [Democracy in face of the New Media. Electronic democracy, elections via the Internet, political campaigning  in the net] Demokracja w obliczu nowych mediów. Elektroniczna demokracja, wybory przez Internet, kampania w sieci, ed. M. Musiał-Karg, Adam Marszałek Publisher, Toruń 2013, p. 244.

 Articles in scientific journals (in English)

  1. M. Musiał-Karg (2007), Direct Democratic Practice At the Local and Cantonal Level in Switzerland, “Studia Polityczne”, no. 19, p. 53-66.
  2. M. Musiał-Karg, (2009) The Role of the Internet in Contemporary Democracies, “Polish Political Science Yearbook”, p. 157-167.
  3. M. Musiał-Karg, (2010), E-voting as a New Form of Civic Participation in Democratic Procedures, “Polish Political Science Yearbook” no XXXIX, p. 72-87.
  4. M. Musiał-Karg, (2011), The Theory and Practice of Online Voting. The Case of Estonia (selected issues), “Athenaeum. Polish Political Science Studies”, no. 29, p. 180-198.
  5. M. Musiał-Karg, (2012), Electronic democracy and its organization – a revolution or a modernization? The example of e-voting, “Politbook”, no. 2, p. 131-141.
  6. M. Musiał-Karg, (2012) Is Electronic Voting a Panacea for a Low Turnout? Examples of Estonian e-Elections and Swiss e-Referendums, “Polish Political Science Yearbook”, p. 428-443.

Articles in scientific journals (in Polish)

  1. M. Musiał-Karg, (2009) [Electronic voting as part of e-democracy – experience of the Swiss Canton of Zurych] Głosowanie elektroniczne jako element e-demokracji na przykładzie doświadczeń kantonu Zurych, „Przegląd Politologiczny” no 2, p. 27-40.
  2. M. Musiał-Karg, (2010), [E-voting – a new challenge for democracy?] Głosowanie elektroniczne – nowe wyzwanie dla demokracji?, „Przegląd Politologiczny” no. 4, p. 123-134.
  3. M. Musiał-Karg, (2011), [Methods of increasing voter turnout. Poland and the experiences of other countries] Metody zwiększania frekwencji wyborczej. Polska a doświadczenia innych państw, „Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne”, no. 2, p. 77-100.
  4. M. Musiał-Karg, (2011), Internetowe głosowanie w E-stonii na przykładzie wyborów w latach 2005- 2009, „Przegląd Politologiczny” nr 3, s. 99-118.
  5. M. Musiał-Karg, (2013), [Pre-election Silence in the Era of the Internet] Cisza wyborcza w dobie Internetu, „Przegląd Sejmowy” no 3, p. 25-42.

 Chapters in books (in English)

  1. M. Musiał-Karg, (2007), Direct Democratic Government in the European Union, [in:] Rediscovering Europe: Political Challenges in the 21st Century EU, ed. J. Jańczak, Publishing House of the Insitute of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań 2007, p. 35-46.
  2. M. Musiał-Karg, (2008), Eastern Dimension – the Role of Poland, [in:] Beyond Borders. External Relations of the European Union, ed. Jarosław Jańczak, Publishing House of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, p. 47-57.
  3. M. Musiał-Karg, (2009), Słubice-Frankfurt (Oder). Cooperation in a Divided City in the Polish-German Border, [in:] Conflict and Cooperation In Divided Cities, ed. J. Jańczak, Logos Verlag Berlin, Berlin, p. 150-166
  4. M. Musiał-Karg, (2010), E-voting (As a Form of E-Democracy) in the European Countries, [w:] Explorations in eGovernment and eGovernance, vol. 2 Selected Proceedings of the Second International Conference on eGovernment and eGovernance, red. A. Balci, C. Can Actan, O. Dalbay, Antalya, p. 153-162.
  5. M. Musiał-Karg, (2011) The Political Market and the Application of the Internet [w:] EDEM2011. Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Electronic Democracy 2011, red. A. Prosser, Austrian Computer Society, Vienna 2011, p. 67-76.
  6. M. Musiał-Karg, (2011) Switzerland’s stance towards the Arab Spring of Nations, [in:] The Arab Spring, ed. B. Przybylska-Maszner, Publishing House of the Insitute of Political Science and Journalism – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, s. 179-194.
  7. M. Musiał-Karg, (2012), Switzerland’s German and Italian “Islands” – Büsingen and Campione d’Itàlia, [in:] European Exclaves in the Process of De-bordering and Re-bordering, eds. J. Jańczak, P. Osiewicz, Logos Verlag, Berlin, p.  31-44.

Chapters in books (in Polish)

  1. M. Musiał-Karg, (2008), [Participatory democracy in Swiss cantons and municipalities] Kształtowanie demokracji partycypacyjnej na przykładzie kantonów i gmin w Szwajcarii, [in:] Przywództwo lokalne a kształtowanie demokracji partycypacyjnej, eds. S. Michałowski, K. Kuć-Czajkowska, UMCS Publisher, Lublin, p. 427-440.
  2. M. Musiał-Karg, (2008), [Politicians and the Internet. The use of modern technologies by politicians of Lubuskie and Podlaskie regions] Politycy i Internet. Wykorzystanie nowych technologii przez polityków województwa lubuskiego i podlaskiego, [in:] Oblicze polityczne regionów Polski. Elity i społeczeństwo, ed. M. Dajnowicz, Publishing House of  Wyższa Szkoła Finansów i Zarządzania in Białymstok, Białystok, p. 359-375.
  3. M. Musiał-Karg, (2009), [Electronic Democracy – the use of new technologies in political life]   Elektroniczna demokracja – wykorzystanie nowych technologii w życiu politycznym, [in:] Współczesne państwo. Wybrane problemy, ed. S. Wróbel, Publishinh House of Wyższa Szkoła Bankowa in Poznań, Poznań-Chorzów, p. 151-168.
  4. M. Musiał-Karg, (2011), [Impact of the ICT tools on political life] Wpływ ICT na życie polityczne, [in:] Nowe media we spółczesnym świecie, eds. M. Jeziński, A. Seklecka, Ł. Wojtkowski, Publishing House of UMK, Toruń, p. 275-292.
  5. M. Musiał-Karg, (2011), [Electronic voting. Motives of implementation of new forms of electoral participation] Głosowanie elektroniczne. Motywy wdrażania nowych form uczestnictwa wyborczego, [in:] Dylematy współczesnej demokracji, ed. S. Wróbel, Adam Marszałek Publisher, Toruń, p. 301-314.
  6. M. Musiał-Karg, (2013), [Direct Democracy in the face of using the New Technologies] Demokracja bezpośrednia w obliczu zastosowania nowych technologii, [in:] Demokracja w obliczu nowych mediów. Elektroniczna demokracja, wybory przez Internet, kampania w sieci – teoria, doświadczenia, perspektywy, ed. M. Musiał-Karg, Adam Marszałek Publisher, Toruń, p. 86-114.
  7. M. Musiał-Karg, (2013), [Electronic Voting. Some dilemmas on e-voting] Elektroniczne głosowanie. Wybrane dylematy wokół e-voting, [in:] Demokracja elektroniczna – kontrowersje i dylematy, ed. M. Marczewska-Rytko, Publishing House of UMSC, Lublin.

[1] Translations of texts published in the Polish language are placed in brackets.