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Local Government Institutionalization in Hungary

Gábor Soós

Why are local political organizations enduring in certain municipalities and ephemeral in others? This book explores the systematic factors that influence the level of Local Party Institutionalization (LPI). The analysis of LPI in Hungary, a new democracy, shows that LPI there mainly depends on the electoral system, the functional size, stability and average age of the population. The local chapters of national parties, especially those of parliamentary parties, appear to be more durable than the civic organizations acting as local parties.
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A. Research Hypotheses

The following hypotheses are tested in this research:

H1.The level of local party institutionalization is higher in the mixed electoral system than in the short ticket system.

H2.The larger the municipality population, the higher the level of local party institutionalization.

H3.The larger the municipality’s functional size, the higher the level of local party institutionalization.

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