Party Strategies and Electoral Competition in post-Communist countries: Evidence from Poland

John E. Jackson , Bogdan Mach , Radosław Markowski


 Poland's major post communist party, the SLD, was an electorally successful legacy party during the 1990's. An analysis of Polish National Election Studies data and data from a separate study of new firm creation in Poland indicates their success was built on two important and related factors. One is the growth of new firms, which stimulated the growth of a centrist constituency who voted for parties supporting economic reforms. Second, the SLD adapted to this constituency by themselves becomong more economically liberal. We estimate (conditional logit model of voter choice applied) that if the SLD had remained an ideological non-reformist party as did the KSCM in the Czech republic and the CPRF in Russia it would have been a far weaker party as measured by vote and seats shares. The paper concludes by contrasting the Polish, czech and Russian post-Communist parties and extending the implications of the results to other developing and industrial economies faced with the need for structural change.
Author John E. Jackson
John E. Jackson,,
, Bogdan Mach
Bogdan Mach,,
, Radosław Markowski (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych)
Radosław Markowski,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych
Journal seriesElectoral Studies, ISSN 0261-3794, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2010
Vol29 (2010)
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