DISC Lecture Series: Who Votes for Extremist Parties in the New European Democracies? by Sergiu Gherghina

May 26, 2011 - 11:00 - 12:40
Nador u. 13
Room 2
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Sergiu Gherghina is PhD Researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. He received an MA in political science from the CEU and an MPhil in Institutional Analysis from the University of Leiden. He authored and co-authored articles in renowned journals such as: Party Politics, The American Journal of Political Science, Comparative European Politics, European Union Politics and The Journal of Legislative Studies. His main research interests include party organizations in new democracies, legislative behavior and democratization.



The extremist parties in Central and Eastern Europe exhibit a mixture of features traditionally belonging to radical right and radical left in Western Europe. They seek to mobilize a broad electorate ranging from nostalgics of the former regimes to dissapointed citizens. Their appeal includes nationalism, anti-foreign and anti-minority attitudes, economic equality and obedience towards the state. this paper uses  Candidate Countries Eurobarometer data to examine the determinants of extremist voting in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The results indicate that these voters rarely share the ideological values of the parties, being instead thoroughly discontented with the functioning of their countries.