Another student blog, this time on Hungary’s recent political shift into a more radical direction.
There are four main parties in the National Assembly in Hungary, two which have remained at the top of the voters list and two new parties. These new parties are at the end of the political spectrum, one left and one radical right, and what is interesting about these new parties is that each took votes from mainly the middle and middle left parties. As seen in the 2010 election, it seems Hungary is transitioning to more radical politics and dismissing the middle liberal ideologies. Continue Reading
Another student guest post on party systems, this one on the Czech Republic.
So, as an Eastern European country that has previous experience with a functional democracy, what does the Czech party system look like? Well, in their lower house, the Chamber of Deputies (Poslanecka Snemovna) there is a total of 200 seats elected using a system of proportional representation. As a result, 12.2% of these seats belong to smaller parties, with five parties holding the great majority of all seats: Continue Reading
As I mentioned in a previous blog, we have two students blogging on France this semester, and both have something a bit different to offer when describing the French party system. Both bloggers spent time recently in France, and it shows in their posts! You can read the first of these blogs here (and view the nice picture they took during their time in France), but here is our second post on the French party system…
Here’s a riddle for you: how can a political party be considered important while holding no seats in the lower house of the legislature? Continue Reading