The text analyses preferential voting in parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic. The study tries to focus on the “strength” of the preferential voting in the Czech Chamber of Deputies elections. There are presented outcomes of different rules within open-list system in 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2006 elections.
Keywords: preferential voting, ballot structure, personalization, open list, House of Deputies, Czech Republic
The paper is focused on the electoral coalitions and different rules which might influence the presence of the electoral coalitions in the elections. Firstly, the influence of electoral thresholds is discussed if the presence of the threshold and threat of elimination of competing parties leads to higher share of the representatives who were nominated on the electoral coalition ballots. Secondly, different measures which disadvantage electoral coalitions are examined. Thirdly, the overrepresentation of the strongest party as a motivation for creation of the electoral coalitions is measured. Finally, the influence of the presence of the nominal tier is analysed.
Keywords: electoral systems, Post-Communist countries, electoral coalitions.
The paper comments upon the recent changes in the election forecasting models in Canada and the United Kingdom. Firstly, several common features of expert forecasting models are discussed and the Cube rule introduced. Secondly, the article points at the national modifications of forecasting models in the UK and Canada respectively and shows their implications for the general trend in electoral forecasting. In conclusion, three observations on a possible development in the field are made.
Keywords: electoral prediction, FPTP, Canada, United Kingdom, territorialization, expert models.
The article deals with the election to the Poland parliament (Sejm) held on the 21th October 2007. The article describes situation before the election, election campaign, and relevant features of the electoral system. The article also presents and analyses election results and the territorial support of the main Poland political parties.
Keywords: Poland, election, electoral system, political parties in Poland, Sejm election.
The article deals with the election to the Serbian parliament held in January 2007. The article describes the electoral system and analyses the election results. The results of the elections are compared with the results of the parliamentary elections in 2003. Attention is also paid to the differences in the territorial support of the main political parties.
Keywords: Serbia, electoral system, parliamentary elections, political parties.
The aim of this paper is analysis of the political crisis in 2007 in Romania which led to recalling of president Traian Băsescu by the parliament. Consequential referendum in which the public express in advantage of president was the outcome of the opposition’s effort to take the power over. The paper deals with the reasons for the crisis, the constitutional rules for the referendum and its exact results as well as further development in Romanian politics after the referendum.
Keywords: Romania, political crisis, impeachment of president, referendum, political parties.
This article deals with the election to the European Parliament in Bulgaria held on the 20th May 2007, which has brought another step in transformation of the Bulgarian party system, which was started in consequence of the parliamentary elections in 2001. The article describes electoral system and analyses election results, considering territorial support of the main political parties. The results of the elections to the European Parliament are compared with the results of the parliamentary elections in 2005.
Keywords: Bulgaria, European Parliament, Elections, Party System, GERB, BSP, DPS, ATAKA, NSDV, SDS, DSB.