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The Rise of New Political Parties and Re-Alignment of Party Politics in the Czech Republic
The Rise of New Political Parties and Re-Alignment of Party Politics in the Czech Republic

Author(s): Vlastimil Havlík, Petr Voda
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Univerzita Karlova, Fakulta sociálních věd, Katedra politologie Institutu politologických studií
Keywords: political parties; cleavages; Czech Republic; anti-establishment parties; elections; voters

Summary/Abstract: The party system of the Czech Republic has traditionally been considered as a case of exceptional stability in the region of East-Central Europe. It was also almost a perfect example of unidimensional competition. This persistence and stability was undermined by the results of the 2010 and especially 2013 election, which brought the unprecedented rise of new anti-establishment political parties. Using aggregate data, the article analyses the geographical patterns and socio-demographic background of electoral support of the new political parties in the Czech Republic. The main outcome of the article is that the explanatory power of the left-right dimension has been significantly weakened. Consequently, the rise of the new parties should not be seen as a “substitution” but rather as a “transformation” of Czech party politics.

  • Issue Year: 8/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 119-144
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: English