Independent Candidates in the Local Elections of 2014 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Analysis of Determinants of Their Successfulness

  • Pavel Maškarinec University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, Pasteurova Street 1, 400 96 Ústí nad Labem
  • Daniel Klimovský Comenius University in Bratislava, Vajanského nábrežie, Staré Mesto, 811 02 Bratislava
Keywords: Local Elections, Independent Candidates, Czech Republic, Slovakia

Abstract

The goal of this article is to test various factors which can potentially explain differences in independents’ representation at the local level in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. As the size of a municipality was the almost single factor, whose influence was in both countries at the same direction, together with the generally rather low levels of explained variability, we suggest that for a more adequate explanation of the independents’ successfulness, we need to look for other indicators that could far better than the usual socio-demographic variables characterize the form of political competition in the specific municipalities, particularly in those which are associated with a specific political culture or other indicators of similar type, which can be difficult to abstract from aggregate data and their use would require the implementation of specific research on the local level.

Author Biographies

Pavel Maškarinec, University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, Pasteurova Street 1, 400 96 Ústí nad Labem
Assistant Professor
Daniel Klimovský, Comenius University in Bratislava, Vajanského nábrežie, Staré Mesto, 811 02 Bratislava
Assistant Professor

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2016-10-31
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