The Endurance of the Czech Communist Party
29 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 26 Aug 2009
Date Written: 2009
Twenty years after the fall of communism in the Czech Republic, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) continues to garner public support and maintains its presence in parliament. The party’s endurance is surprising given the country’s relative economic success and the presence of a strong Social Democratic Party. While the literature on communist successor parties has viewed the KSČM as unsuccessful, we argue that this perspective overlooks the resilience of the party. We analyze post-election survey data from the 2006 Czech Election Study and find that the KSČM has a loyal support base largely comprised of older voters. But even when we control for age in logistic regression analysis, we find that ideological views, satisfaction with democracy, and assessments of the national economy distinguish KSČM voters from Social Democratic voters. These findings have implications for the future of the party.
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