The Endurance of the Czech Communist Party

29 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 26 Aug 2009

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Mary Stegmaier

University of Virginia - Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics

Klara Plecita-Vlachova

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Stegmaier, Mary and Plecita-Vlachova, Klara, The Endurance of the Czech Communist Party (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1450275

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