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Hawk in dove's clothing: Political trajectories of political parties in Serbia, 2003-2008


Bochsler, D (2008). Hawk in dove's clothing: Political trajectories of political parties in Serbia, 2003-2008. Central European Political Studies Review, 10(4):292-319.

Abstract

During the period of party system stabilisation after 2003, Serbia experienced two major party trajectories, the repositioning of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), and the emergence of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). This article explains both of these moves as strategic choices by the party leaders: the SPS attempts to abandon its difficult electoral position as part of the nationalist bloc, and to reach new voters as a modern economic left-wing party, while the new reformist LDP profited from the natural move of its main competitor, the Democratic Party, toward the political mainstream, and forced it to come back to its ideological roots.

During the period of party system stabilisation after 2003, Serbia experienced two major party trajectories, the repositioning of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), and the emergence of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). This article explains both of these moves as strategic choices by the party leaders: the SPS attempts to abandon its difficult electoral position as part of the nationalist bloc, and to reach new voters as a modern economic left-wing party, while the new reformist LDP profited from the natural move of its main competitor, the Democratic Party, toward the political mainstream, and forced it to come back to its ideological roots.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Communist successor parties, New parties, Party system change, Serbia, Spatial models
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:06 Feb 2009 14:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:58
Publisher:Masarykovy Univerzity
ISSN:1212-7817
Official URL:http://www.cepsr.com/clanek.php?ID=349
Related URLs:http://www.cepsr.com/ (Publisher)

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