Working Paper #47
The article explores the issue of the lack of ethnic minority party institutionalization under proportional representation rules that generally favor such institutionalization. It attributes this particular outcome of the Moldovan post-communist transition to politicians’ successes in establishing genuinely multi-ethnic political organizations. These politicians draw on the resources and legacies of the Soviet period in order to construct such organizations and to secure multi-ethnic constituency support for their activity in a new democratic environment. The paper relies on an original data set on parliamentary representation in Moldova to demonstrate how legislative recruitment practices contributed to the success of multi-ethnic parties and undermined the attempts to establish electorally successful ethnic minority parties.
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