Party Organization and Electoral Volatility in Central and Eastern Europe

Author: Sergiu Gherghina
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131761898X
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Political parties in post-communist countries have very high levels of electoral volatility. In these environments, political factions fail to establish long-term connections with the electorate and thus regularly rise and fall from the political arena. This book provides an organizational explanation for the variations in party-level electoral volatility. It looks comparatively at 29 political parties in six Central and Eastern European democracies between 1990 and 2008 to examine how political parties can influence their electoral environment. Using empirical evidence, Gherghina tests the effect of candidate selection procedures, membership organizations, and re-nomination of incumbent MPs on voters’ loyalty, and in doing so, demonstrates how party organization greatly affects electoral stability. Including case studies from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia this book will be of interest to students and scholars of comparative politics, party politics, democratization, elections, and Central and Eastern European politics.

Transnational Cooperation of Ethnopolitical Mobilization

Author: Yu-Wen Chen
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783631589489
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This book explores the influences for ethnopolitical groups to act internationally in advancement of their group interests. Yu-Wen Chen proposes an ecological approach to comprehend ethnopolitical contention. In essence, she argues that transnationalizing the contention has the merit of raising the ethnopolitical group's salience and helps to create niches that can demarcate one group from other claim-making groups in a society. Quantitative analysis of the primary data from the European Survey of Ethnopolitical Groups (ESEPG) and qualitative case studies confirm that although some ethnopolitical groups have presented their issues in the international arena, the domestic realm is still the main locus for ethnopolitical contention to occur. Salience, resources, domestic and international opportunity structures affect ethnopolitical groups' international engagement. This book is an essential volume for anyone interested in ethnic mobilization, social movements, and transnationalization.

The South Slav Conflict

Author: Raju G.C Thomas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135597170
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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.