Modern Trajectories of Party Systems Development at Post-Soviet Space

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2011-6-73-83

E. Grigorenko, National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20, Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation (


Abstract. This paper is focused on two dimensions, which are considered to be essential for understanding of post-Soviet dynamics of party systems that are level of elite consolidation and role and potential of ruling party. Based on their analysis 5 types of party systems are singled out, starting from quite competitive ones to party systems characterized by insignificant role of parties, which are playing minor role in political agenda-setting. Besides, analysis of economic, socio-cultural and institutional determinants and modernization level reveals their possible impact on trajectories of party systems development.

Keywords: incumbent, dominant authoritarian party system, non-dominant party system, non- uncompetitive party system, societal split, electoral system

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For citation:
Grigorenko E. Modern Trajectories of Party Systems Development at Post-Soviet Space. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2011, No 6, pp. 73-83.

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