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Activists or money? Explaining the electoral success and persistence of political parties in Lithuania

Activists or money? Explaining the electoral success and persistence of political parties in Lithuania
Activists or money? Explaining the electoral success and persistence of political parties in Lithuania
The literature on post-communist party politics frequently suggests that membership organizations are not important for political parties in the region, as elections can be won with expensive media-based campaigns. The article tests this argument using the parliamentary elections in Lithuania in the 2000s held under a mixed electoral system. The results suggest that both party membership organization and campaign spending have roughly equal effects on the electoral persistence of political parties. New parties also benefit from both strong membership organizations and high campaign spendin
geographical organization, party system stability/instability, political parties, statistical analysis, using mass media
1354-0688
879-889
Ibenskas, R.
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Ibenskas, R.
160594d0-2151-4be5-8d77-90418186dbc1

Ibenskas, R. (2014) Activists or money? Explaining the electoral success and persistence of political parties in Lithuania. Party Politics, 20 (6), 879-889. (doi:10.1177/1354068812458615).

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The literature on post-communist party politics frequently suggests that membership organizations are not important for political parties in the region, as elections can be won with expensive media-based campaigns. The article tests this argument using the parliamentary elections in Lithuania in the 2000s held under a mixed electoral system. The results suggest that both party membership organization and campaign spending have roughly equal effects on the electoral persistence of political parties. New parties also benefit from both strong membership organizations and high campaign spendin

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 July 2012
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 October 2012
Published date: November 2014
Keywords: geographical organization, party system stability/instability, political parties, statistical analysis, using mass media
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 386717
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386717
ISSN: 1354-0688
PURE UUID: 44cf1476-ece7-4552-b9bb-4849385a8831
ORCID for R. Ibenskas: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4128-9464

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Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 00:46

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