1st Edition

Exploring Party Switching in East-Central European Legislatures Party Drifters, Mavericks, and Chameleons

    222 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book challenges the approach of relying on election outcomes to analyse party systems, contending that changes can be also identified and documented beyond the scope of parliamentary elections through legislative party switching.

    It argues that significant party system changes occur often within parliamentary terms, and legislative party switching is not a pathological feature of democracy but rather an integral component of democratic party systems. Offering a comprehensive and specific theoretical framework for party switching and based on a novel and exhaustive database from Czech Republic, Lithuania, and Poland, the book examines the determinants for, and implications of, legislative party switching in Central and Eastern Europe.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of legislative studies, party politics, Central and East European Politics and more broadly to comparative politics and government.


    PART 1: Party switching - A short introduction

    1. Puzzles of party switching

    2. Determinants of party switching

    3. Party switching and party system change

    PART 2: Legislative party switching in East Central Europe - An analysis

    4. Measuring legislative party switching 

    5. Legislative party switching at factional and parliamentary levels 

    6. Grey zone of legislative party switching 



    Andrzej Antoszewski is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Politics at the University of Wrocław, Poland.

    Przemysław Żukiewicz is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Wrocław, Poland.