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Dynamika premien predvolebných tém a politického priestoru na Slovensku: Môžu dva roky niečo zmeniť?
The Dynamics of Pre-electoral Issues and Policy Space Transformation in Slovakia: Can Two Years Change Anything?

Author(s): Miroslav Nemčok, Roman Chytilek
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: Slovakia; election 2010; election 2012; main issues; dynamics of pre-electoral issues; policy space transformation

Summary/Abstract: This paper maps and compares the main topics articulated by political parties in their manifestos published for the Slovak parliamentary elections in 2010 and 2012. First, the paper discusses the conceptual grounds of policy space dynamics. Next, it outlines the method used for the research, based upon quantitative content analysis of the parties’ manifestos of the Comparative Manifestos Project Group. Relevance of individual issues is measured by their representation in manifestos. The paper also examines the change in parties’ priorities for the 2012 election compared to the election of 2010. With the help of an additional methodology tool, the parties under review are then put along a left-right spectrum. Using this technique, the policy space during the period of both elections is examined. Simultaneously, party shifts along the left-right spectrum that emerged from the obtained data are presented. The final section of the article exposes the descriptive results to the theoretical assumptions about policy space dynamics presented in the beginning.

  • Issue Year: XX/2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 419-440
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Slovak