The Role of Corruption in Explaining the Electoral Success of New Political Parties in Central and Eastern Europe

Engler, Sarah (30 March 2015). The Role of Corruption in Explaining the Electoral Success of New Political Parties in Central and Eastern Europe (Unpublished). In: ECPR Joint Sessions. Warsaw. 29.03.-02.04.2015.

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More than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the electoral volatility in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is still remarkably high. A considerable part of the volatility derives from the votes for new political parties, since they are very often on the winning side of elections. This paper examines corruption as potential determinant of their electoral success. It argues that the effect of corruption is twofold: On the onehand, the historically-grown corruption level reduces the electoral success of new political parties due to strong clientelist structures that bind the electorate to the established parties. On the other hand, an increase of the perceived corruption above the traditional corruption level leads to a loss of trust in the political elite and therefore boosts the electoral success of new competitors. A statistical analysis of all democratic elections in CEE between 1996 and 2011 confirms these two counteracting effects.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Engler, Sarah

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sarah Engler

Date Deposited:

19 Aug 2015 08:07

Last Modified:

19 Aug 2015 08:07

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70934

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