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Prostorová analýza českého stranického systému. Institucionalizace a prostorové režimy

Spatial Analysis of the Czech Party System. Institutionalization and Spatial Regimes
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Kouba, Karel

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Abstract This article explores the spatial influences that shape the contemporary Czech party system & their consequences for the institutionalization of the party system. First, the regionalization of the party system is measured to identify the specific regional clusters of votes for individual parties. Second, after controlling for the impact of social cleavages, the independent effect of two macro- regions on the differences in voting decisions is analyzed. In the case of Moravia, no such independent effect is evident. Conversely, in the formerly German- inhabited Sudetenland there is an effect on the vote in the case of two parties (KSCM & ODS). The historical reasons for this spatial regime are briefly discussed. Finally, the relative insignificance of spatial regimes in the Czech party system is explained with reference to its high degree of nationalization (the level of spatial heterogeneity in regional voting results). The author employs spatial analytical techniques in the article, such as measures of spatial autocorrelation, the spatial regression model, & the Gini Index. The findings suggest that there is a high degree of spatial institutionalization of the Czech party system & relatively insignificant contextual effects at the macro- regional level.
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government
Free Keywords Political Systems; Political Parties; Spatial Analysis; Models
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 1017-1037
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 43 (2007) 5
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications