Quality of Elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Cover Image

Kvalita voleb do Poslanecké sněmovny Parlamentu ČR
Quality of Elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

Author(s): Ivan Jarabinský
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: Electoral Integrity; Quality of Elections; Czech Republic; Chamber of Deputies; Democratic Elections

Summary/Abstract: This text focuses on the integrity of elections to the lower chamber of the Parliament of the Czech Republic between 1998 and 2013. Its descriptive nature allows the following two main questions to be answered: What are the problems associated with Czech parliamentary elections? Can we identify any trend in the quality of these elections? The analysis employs a framework based on a “policy accountability” model of democracy previously used by Sarah Birch (2011). The analysis is based on various kinds of sources, mainly international observers’ reports, laws, secondary analyses, and local news. The overall assessment of the quality of the analyzed elections is quite positive: Between 1998 and 2006 the quality of elections improved, and while it slightly deteriorated in 2010, it quickly returned back to the 2006 levels. The ability to provide equal information and the effective adjudication of disputes are identified as the most problematic aspects. Other parts of the electoral process are well-managed, with only negligible problems on the levels of electoral rules and electoral practice. The overall results differ little from the outcomes of available quantitative studies; however, they offer a deeper insight into the actual realization of demoratic electoral standards.

  • Issue Year: XVII/2015
  • Issue No: 3–4
  • Page Range: 339-378
  • Page Count: 40
  • Language: Czech