Party System Volatility in Post-Communist Europe

8 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2015

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Charles Crabtree

University of Michigan - Political Science, Students

Matt Golder

Pennsylvania State University

Date Written: May 31, 2015

Abstract

In their 2014 article in the British Journal of Political Science, Eleanor Neff Powell and Joshua A. Tucker examine the determinants of party system volatility in post-communist Europe. Their central conclusion is that replacement volatility – volatility caused by new party entry and old party exit – is driven by long-term economic performance. We show that this conclusion is based entirely on a miscalculation of the long-term economic performance of a single country, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Our reanalysis suggests that we know little about what causes party system volatility in post-communist Europe. Given the negative consequences traditionally associated with party system volatility, this area of research cries out for new theoretical development.

Suggested Citation

Crabtree, Charles and Golder, Matt, Party System Volatility in Post-Communist Europe (May 31, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612626 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2612626

Charles Crabtree (Contact Author)

University of Michigan - Political Science, Students ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Matt Golder

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

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