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Territorial dimensions of the Romanian parties: elections, party rules and organisations

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Ionașcu, Alexandra

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Abstract The homogenisation of voting patterns within the territorial units constitutes one of the major features of the post-communist electoral contests. In the Romanian case, despite forecasts, the empirical analysis of voting behavior both in national and local elections unveils an exceptional trajectory. First, this study will scrutinise the evolution of citizens' political choices across the territorial units after the breakdown of communism, emphasizing the difficult process of party system nationalisation. Secondly, concentrating on state regulations and party organisational development, the paper aims at exploring possible justifications for the low levels of nationalisation. The conclusions will highlight the significance of more inclusive definitions of the institutional arrangements (introducing the impact of party regulations) as well as the importance of party development strategies, mainly from the perspective of political recruitment, in order to explain the post-communist electoral reconfigurations.
Keywords parliamentary election; local election; transfer from private to state ownership; party; recruitment; party system; political attitude; Romania
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 185-210
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 12 (2012) 2
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works