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Romanian Parliamentary Elections 1990–2012

Stability and Stir

Cosmin Gabriel Marian

This is a book about parliamentary elections in Romania in the two decades that followed the collapse of the one-party rule. It charts how the electoral rules developed, it looks at how people voted, and takes stock of the long term effects of the electoral system. Despite commotion and experimentation in the electoral rules and stir in the political arena, the Romanian election outcomes over the past two decades are surprisingly monotonous. Twenty years after they entered the first electoral cycle in 1990, the Romanian political parties and partisan groups were about in the same condition: quarters united against themselves.
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This book was made possible by the contributions and efforts of several institutions and individuals. First of all, the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), through a TE research grant (PN II-RU 311/2010, Micro and Macro Predictors of Electoral Behavior in Post-Communist Romania), funded the scientific work and data assembling. The Center for the Study of Democracy and the Political Science Department at Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania, housed the project and provided the research infrastructure. Soros Foundation Romania, the United States Information Agency (USIA), and the Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, generously provided a multitude of survey datasets on which most of the analyses were based. Hodiș Media SRL designed and created the Romanian Electoral Data web platform for this project.

I want to thank Professor Ron King, San Diego State University, U.S.A., for playing a key role in this book by encouraging my research in the field of electoral studies, sharing his insights into Romanian electoral politics, and providing sage advice on the overall approach to this project.

I am grateful for the help provided by the team of the Romanian Electoral Data Project: Romana Careja (University of Cologne), Claudiu Tufiș (University of Bucharest), and Toma Burean (Babeș-Bolyai University). I am thankful to Carmen Greab and Florin Feșnic for their research assistance. Deborah Buckley had the important role of proofreading and assisting with the editing process.← 7 | 8 →

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