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The 2013 Parliamentary Election in the Czech Republic

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HAVLÍK Vlastimil

Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Evropská volební studia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords election; Czech Republic; populism; campaign; ANO; Okamura
Description The article describes the context and the results of the 2013 early general election in the Czech Republic. The election were called afer the dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies following an alleged corruption scandal that involved the Prime Minister Nečas. The elections did not produce a clear winner, and—from a systemic point of view more importantly—were part of the continuing destabilization of Czech party politics that began with the 2010 elections. The support the once two major poles—Czech Social Democratic Party and the Civic Democratic Party—were the worst since the mid of the 1990s. Wit a total of seven parties representend in the Chamber of Deputies, the election brought the most fragmented parliament since 1996. Moreover, two new anti-establishment parties won almost one third of the seats in the parliament undelining the continusous transformation of the Czech party politics. An ideologically heteregenous majority government was assembled consisting of the Czech Social Democratic Party, anti-establishment ANO 2011, and the Christian Democrats.
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