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Economy and political distrust: Explaining public anti-partyism in the Czech Republic

Authors

HAVLÍK Vlastimil

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Human affairs
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Citation
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Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2020-0007
Keywords political parties; attitudes; anti-partyism; Czech politics
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Description There is little doubt in the current comparative politics literature about the importance of political parties in modern democracies, nor is there any doubt about the centrality of political parties in the democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of communism. This holds true for the Czech Republic as well. However, the three most recent general elections in the Czech Republic have shaken the country. Electoral earthquakes are becoming common in the region, and it seems that the Czech Republic is being affected by what has been described in the literature as the decline of political parties. The main aim of the article is to explore sources of public anti-party sentiment in the Czech Republic. The analysis of data from a public opinion survey shows that public anti-partyism can be explained by a perceived lack of political representation that stems from both economic conditions and a feeling of low political efficacy.
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