Organized for Parliament? Explaining the Electoral Success of Radical Right Parties in Post-Communist Europe

Government & Opposition, Forthcoming

25 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2016

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Over the last three decades a great deal of research has been carried out in an attempt to explain the electoral performance of radical right parties in Europe. Most approaches concentrate on demand side determinants and have some limitations. We compensated for these shortcomings and focus on the context of party competition and supply-side determinants (consistency of ideological discourse, functioning party propaganda, the continuity of leader in office, and strong party organization) to explain the electoral success of radical right parties in post-communist Europe. We conducted our analysis at party level on nine radical right parties in four countries from Central and Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania) between 1990 and 2014. The bi-variate and multivariate (ordinal logistic regression) analyses draw on unique data collected from primary and secondary sources.

Keywords: Radical Right, Supply-Side Determinants, Electoral Success, Party Organization, Post-Communism

Suggested Citation

Werkmann, Caroline and Gherghina, Sergiu, Organized for Parliament? Explaining the Electoral Success of Radical Right Parties in Post-Communist Europe (2016). Government & Opposition, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2790598

Caroline Werkmann

Leiden University ( email )

Postbus 9500
Leiden, Zuid Holland 2300 RA
Netherlands

Sergiu Gherghina (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow ( email )

Bute Gardens
Adam Smith Building
Glasgow, G12 8RT
United Kingdom

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