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The Masks of the Political God by Luca Ozzano

Radicalization of New Alternatives in a Changing Political Environment

Europe (Central and Eastern)
Party Systems
Olga Gyarfasova
Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University
Olga Gyarfasova
Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University

Political systems in many democracies are in flux due to the emergence and electoral success of new, alternative political parties. The phenomenon has a certain dynamic and using one country case study – Slovakia – it can be argued that compared to their predecessors the most recent political newcomers may have a more radical, even anti-system character. The paper deals with theories of new political parties and the conceptual definitions of anti-system parties in general while the empirical part focuses on developments, characteristics and profile of two political parties in Slovakia, namely the anti-establishment formation Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OľaNO) and extreme right – wing People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS). Both parties are recently represented in the national parliament being in opposition. Based on empirical data from several surveys the study points at discrepancies in the anti-establishment and anti-system organizations, ideologies and voters. It is illustrated that the voters of the anti-system party show an ideological distance from other political parties, as well as a strong identification with the party of their electoral choice. The study analyses the Slovak case in much broader debate about illiberal tendencies and backsliding democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.
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