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The 2009 European Elections in Estonia

Sikk, A; (2009) The 2009 European Elections in Estonia. (European Parliament Election Briefing 41 ). Sussex European Institute: Brighton, UK.

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The second European Parliament (EP) election in Estonia were marked by a shift from elections on Europe – that was the case back in 2004 – to second order elections clearly focussed on domestic rather than EU issues. The governing parties were punished by the electorate – partly because of turbulent economic times, partly because of meddling with electoral rules. Popular dissatisfaction with change from open to closed electoral lists in EP elections was the decisive factor behind the success of Indrek Tarand, an independent candidate. His success was in turn related to increased voter turnout and possibly to the moderate yet increasing levels of internet voting – used for the third time in nationwide elections. The results of the election show that there is a persistent potential for electoral change and new parties in Estonia. However, it must be taken into account that the circumstances behind the success of Tarand were highly contextual.

Type: Report
Title: The 2009 European Elections in Estonia
Publisher version: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sei/research/europeanparti...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: European Parliament elections, Estonia, party politics, electoral systems
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179889
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