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Dynamics of new party formation in the Czech Republic 1996–2010: looking for the origins of a ‘political earthquake’

Hanley, SL; (2012) Dynamics of new party formation in the Czech Republic 1996–2010: looking for the origins of a ‘political earthquake’. East European Politics , 28 (2) 119 - 143. 10.1080/21599165.2012.669733. Green open access

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Abstract

The stable and closed nature of the Czech party system and the failure of most new political parties have been among the most salient features of Czech democracy over the past two decades. The results of the 2010 parliamentary elections seemed to mark a break with this pattern: support for two main parties slumped to historically low levels and two new parties, TOP09 and Public Affairs (VV), entered parliament. This article seeks to put the ‘political earthquake’ of 2010 into perspective by mapping the development of new parties in the Czech Republic from the mid-1990s and relating them to comparative literature and typologies of new party emergence. It concludes that of the two successful new parties in 2010, Public Affairs was, by far, the more novel and important phenomenon.

Type: Article
Title: Dynamics of new party formation in the Czech Republic 1996–2010: looking for the origins of a ‘political earthquake’
Location: United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2012.669733
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2012.669733
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in East European Politics 14 May 2012 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21599165.2012.669733
Keywords: political parties, Czech Republic, new parties, East-Central Europe, elections
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1343359
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