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Conditions and Limits of Programmatic Party Competition in Slovakia

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Rybář, Marek

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Abstract The article aims to assess the extent of transformation of the Slovak party political scene since the 2002 general election. It does so by focusing on three interrelated questions. First, what were the origins of the ascendance of the left-right political competition after 2002? Second, have there been significant differences between party organizational changes before and after 2002 e? Third, how have the second-order election during the 2002-06 parliamentary term influenced the course of party political developments, particularly existing patterns of party interactions? It is argued that the party competition cannot be reduced to a single left-right, socio-economic dimension. Instead, three divides are identified: a socio-economic left-right divide, a cultural-conservative versus liberal division, and an ethnic Slovak-Hungarian cleavage. These divisions are significant across the population and have successfully been exploited by deliberate strategies of political parties.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Slovakia; left-right competition; the 2002 parliamentary election; party competition; second-order election
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 84-98
Journal Politics in Central Europe, 2 (2006) 1
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications