Electoral participation, ideology, and party politics in post-communist Europe Academic Article uri icon


  • The relationship between voter participation and party fortunes has received much attention in the voting behavior literature. Specifically, a number of studies on the advanced industrial democracies postulate that left-of-center parties benefit from higher turnout. This article extends that argument to a quite different context: the economically and politically volatile post-communist world. Using aggregate data from 15 post-communist countries between 1990 and 1999, we test the turnout-party vote linkage. We find that, indeed, increased turnout benefits left parties, particularly the successor communist parties, while adversely affecting conservative and nationalist parties. 2000, Southern Political Science Association. All rights reserved.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Bohrer, R. E., Pacek, A. C., & Radcliff, B.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Bohrer, RE||Pacek, AC||Radcliff, B

publication date

  • November 2000