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Continuity in Discontinuity?
Continuity in Discontinuity?

Spatial Patterns of Electoral Behaviour in the 2021 Czech Parliamentary Elections

Author(s): Jakub Lysek, Karel Macků
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Published by: Masarykova univerzita nakladatelství
Keywords: Czech Republic; parliamentary election; electoral geography; spatial analysis

Summary/Abstract: This article examines the spatial factors that shaped the 2021 parliamentary elections. Building on a great deal of research in electoral geography and spatial analysis, it focused on specific spatial elements of voting behaviour that have not been previously studied, and on the key time-specific factors that shaped the electoral map and party system in the 2021 elections. Employing a quantitative approach to aggregate electoral and socio-demographic data, the study maps the electoral dynamic by exploiting the unique political situations that were characterized by a competition between two blocs – the two centre-right coalitions, SPOLU and the Pirates and STAN, and the populist ANO and SPD parties. Despite profound changes in the party system, the spatial stratification of Czech politics remained unchanged. Quite the contrary, the societal cleavages shaped the spatial voting patterns even more intensively. Additionally, the study shows that regional context factors modified the overall nationwide trend. Varying from region to region, factors included religiosity, local patriotism, the role of local entrepreneurs, and the effect of a popular local leader.

  • Issue Year: XXIX/2022
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 260-280
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English